Likewise the one who had two made a profit and gained two more. But the one who had received the one went and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
Grace is given to us freely. Ephesians 2:8 tells us, “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God.” The master in this parable, that Jesus is sharing about, gives three servant different amounts of his wealth. They had done nothing to earn such immense amounts of wealth but they were entrusted these finances freely.
The second servant, like the first servant, began investing and using these talents and he doubled his master’s investment. The money that he used to work for tirelessly in the field, now was accumulating simply through wise money management–the money was working for him. The first two servants would never have to work as slaves ever again. Not only were they extremely wealthy because of the gift from their master, but they had multiplied the wealth.
Just because something doesn’t cost us something doesn’t mean it isn't extremely valuable. These slaves-turned-millionaires did nothing to earn these millions, but that didn’t stop them from treating these finances with wisdom. The third servant, however, buried the wealth. This slave must have realized how valuable this talent was but out of fear of losing what was given to him, he buried the master’s money.
While that money was underground, this servant did not benefit from it. How was he going to eat and live? After burying the finance, he would have had to go back into the field and earn pennies each day to feed himself and survive. He could have been set free from being a slave; the master’s gift had already made him a slave-turned-millionaire. This man chose to continue working long hours under the hot sun, exhausted and worn out; all the while his freedom was buried underground.
Is your freedom buried? Grace sets us free to live the life we were called to live for God and for His glory. It’s time to dig up your grace.
// Pastor Josh Kelsey