But his master answered him, “You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed?”
The third servant has a very wrong view of the master. The master poured out his riches to the servant freely, but because of a wrong view, the servant has not used this investment. Instead he buried it and went back to living the life of a slave. How often do we have the riches of His Spirit in our grasp, but we submit once again to a yoke of slavery? The servant doesn’t stop there; he describes the master as not only harsh but as someone who benefits without sowing.
It’s amazing that Jesus doesn’t portray the master as someone who defends himself against this accusation. You would think that this is the moment where Jesus is going to set this servant straight, clarify any wrong views for the disciples and help all of us humans with our wrong views about God. But no, Jesus agrees with this wrong view. It’s initially baffling.
Jesus didn’t do this by accident. He was revealing to all of us that even under the terms of our wrong views of Him, He still holds up as just, generous and fair. This view the servant has of God couldn’t be further from the truth. He is not a God who reaps without sowing. Jesus sowed everything He is for us. He was the first seed to die so that we could reap eternal life. He sowed His very life—God came from heaven, put on flesh, died the death we deserved. He hung on that cross and was buried in that tomb for you and me. He did not hold back. This view of the master that the third servant had—and many humans have—couldn’t be further from the truth. We don’t have enough time, words or space to describe how far from the truth this is. He is more glorious than our language has words to describe.
Yet Jesus still submits himself to this view. Why? Because even if this view of the master was true, he was still generous. And so it is with God. Even with all our warped, manipulated and filtered views of God, we still cannot escape the truth that yesterday we were slaving in the field of sin, earning pennies, and today we are millionaires in the currency of grace. So even if we don’t want to use and invest this grace, even if we want to bury His deposit of the Holy Spirit in our lives, we can’t deny the fact that He has been over-the-top generous with us. Yesterday we were slaves, and today we are free.
Jesus is so gracious that He will entertain your wrong views of Him. He is so secure that He will walk you through the false ideas you have of Him. Our doubt doesn’t change His character. May we let go of all the wrong ideas, views and beliefs we have of Him. Because the wrong view of Him will cause us to bury our grace.
Dig up your grace with the shovel of praise. Get a renewed view of who He is and discover the riches of His mercy.
// Pastor Josh Kelsey