Matt 25:20-26 ‘Master, you ENTRUSTED me with talents’… well done, faithful servant… ‘I was afraid’… you wicked lazy servant
Religion is based on fear of punishment. God doesn’t trust me and I don’t trust Him either! I am convinced He is harsh.
But Jesus came so we could go beyond religion to relationship. I trust God and believe in His goodness. And He trusts me too! He entrusts me with talents in my hand. When I put them to work they reap great fruit in my life and for His purposes.
The first 2 servants were operating out of trust, and saw outcomes and increase. The third was operating out of fear, and went to ground, lived defensively, and gained nothing for himself or anyone else.
Is trust your safe context for risk-taking and personal investment into your talents? Or is fear locking you down? Choose relationship over religion every day.