Matthew 25:25, 27, And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. … Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then AT MY COMING I should have received mine own with usury (interest).
Matthew 24 and 25 deal with the return of our Lord Jesus Christ and the fact that we need to be ready for His return [24:27, 30-31, 36-37, 44, 46, 48-50; 25: 1-13; 25:14-30; 25:31-46]. At one time, this was a topic that was taught and preached on often. Not so much anymore!
As Christians, we should be looking for His return, longing for His return, loving the very thought of His return, and faithfully laboring until He does return. God has entrusted into our care time, talents, and treasures in which we are to invest for the good of others and for the glory of God until He does return, and then we will give an account to Him for our stewardship.
Regrettably, many of God’s people–who ought to know better–because of fear do not wisely invest their time, their talents, and their treasures for the advancement of God’s kingdom. At times, we fear the unknown. Some of us fear failure. Some of us fear peer pressure, persecution, poverty and pain. Others fear people and what they might think, say, or do. It doesn’t really matter what we fear, or why we fear, but what does matter is this: Is our fear causing us to “hide” what God intended for us to invest and what God has entrusted to us for His glory. May it never be so!
Just taking a moment to reflect!