Extended reading: Matthew 22:41-25:13 woe to Pharisees, signs of the end of the age, parable of ten virgins
14 Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’
21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’
23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’
26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. 28 So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will
have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
This passage reminds me of the song, “This Little Light of Mine”, probably because I feel the need to find a softer version of some of the scriptures to interpret (especially when presenting them on a child’s level). In this teaching of Jesus, each of the servants were in care of some of this man’s wealth. Two of the servants went out and gained more for their master while the other was too fearful of what could happen. Therefore he felt he should take the safe route and bury the treasure until the man returned.
When the owner returns he is pleased with the two who had gained money with their investments, but clearly angry with the one who out of fear kept the money hidden away. I see this as a simile just like the song “This Little Light of Mine,” what good does it do if we don’t shine that light on others and spread the goodness that comes from our light? Will we be able to grow that light or pass it on?
No, if we hide it away no one will know that we have it, we won’t have the opportunity to share it or to talk about it. We will not be able to show others what it means to us. I believe both the wealth of the man and the light are similes for our faith. Go out and share it, spread it, live it. Don’t hold back in fear or out of worry for God’s love is to be spread so others can feel it too and do it will grow in its strength.
Dear Lord, please help us to share our treasure that is your love! Let us shine our lights for others to see and not be afraid in doing so. For your power and your love are greater than all things and are meant to be shared and passed on. In your name we pray-Amen