Summary: The third servant simply buried the talent and did nothing. This unprofitable servant lost everything by doing nothing! It is to this third man that I am directing this message. His thinking needed to be changed. He was wrong about seven things:
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Title: “The Man who lost Everything by doing Nothing”
Most of you are familiar with the story of the master who went on a journey to a far country and left his money with his three servants. One received five talents, one received two talents, and the third received but one talent. The first two servants invested their lord’s money and doubled the earnings. The third servant simply buried the talent and did nothing. This unprofitable servant lost everything by doing nothing!
It is to this third man that I am directing this message. His thinking needed to be changed. He was wrong about seven things:
1. He was wrong about his view of others.
I am speculating here, but I can only imagine that envy and bitterness directed the actions of the unprofitable servant. He certainly would have been aware that the other two servants had received more talents from the master than he had received. Perhaps this left him jealous and angry.
We are not to covet. We ought to thank God for others who have and take on responsibility. “Too whom much is given, much is required!”
People may envy the rich man’s castle, but they do not want to pay the rich man’s taxes!
People may envy the CEO’s income, but they would not want to bear the brunt of the CEO’s daily hassles!
We need to think of those who are in the position of authority as our “umbrellas from the rain.” We are reminded in scripture to “Pray for those who are in authority,” not to envy them.
2. He was wrong in his view of himself.
Perhaps, the unprofitable servant felt insignificant. After all, he had only received only one little talent.
The role of the Devil is to make us feel insignificant. Let me challenge you to read Psalm 139 (quickview) . God knows everything there is to know about you. The question is, why would God take the time to do that? The answer is because you are important to God!
You were important enough to God that he would send his only begotten Son to the cross in order to redeem you! That is a tall price to pay for something insignificant!
3. He was wrong in his view of the gift that God had given to him.
A talent represented a great sum of money. One commentator that I read estimated the value of a single talent in today’s money to be about $300,000!
Instead of being pleased with the money that his lord has given him, the unprofitable servant viewed the money as if it were a curse. It was a hot potato that he needed to rid himself of it as quickly as possible. He buried it.
Isn’t it sad that some Christian think of Christianity only as a Cross that they have to bear? We need to rejoice in the resurrection side of the Cross. We have a living Lord to serve!
In contrast, the other two servants saw the talents given to them as their opportunity to please the master. They were given a chance to excel, and they did!
4. He was wrong in his view of his responsibility.