Don't Be Afraid To Fail
“And the one also who had received the one talent came up and said, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed. 25 ‘And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’ 26 “But his master answered and said to him, ‘You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed. 27 ‘Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest. 28 ‘Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.’ 29 “For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. 30 “Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matt 25:24-30).
In Matthew 25:14-30, the master gave talents to his three servants. One of them received only one talent and he was filled with fear. He wasn’t sure he could accomplish anything with the one talent, so he didn’t try anything. When the master returned, the slave tried to explain that he was doing the master a favor. He could have messed up and lost the talent, but instead he had saved it for him. The master judged the slave.
Too often we have the same problem today. We are so afraid we are going to fail in serving God, and cause more harm than good that we don’t ever do anything. We make many excuses about why so many things won’t work or why we are unable to do something that we never do anything.
Guess what. That doesn’t work. It will not bring the Lord's blessing.
Don’t be afraid to fail. At least do something. Maybe you will fail, maybe you won't. But if you do nothing, then you have already failed, and God is not pleased. Inactivity like this, no matter the reason, is wicked and lazy, as seen in the parable.
Remember, God is with us! He can use us as vessels that will honor Him. So let’s get to work, and show courage. True courage is stepping up in spite of the fear!
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