Mathew 25 is one of my favourite verses; in it are the 3 most important aspects to Christianity, from the importance of love and charity towards the "least of these," to the need to be filled by the ‘oil’ of the Holy Spirit, to using your ‘talents’ and not bury them in a hole.

I could go on and on about that part and if you are ever ‘umming and ahhhring’ about wether you should or shouldn't do that thing with your gift then this part should give you the push you need.

But then there is this other version, from Luke 19, which has the same story of the ‘talents’ and the need to USE them, to do something with them… BUT the person who didn’t got this response:

“‘You wicked servant!’ the king roared. ‘Your own words condemn you. If you knew that I’m a hard man who takes what isn’t mine and harvests crops I didn’t plant, 23 why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’
Luke 19:22-23

and it has one very key part and that is the line - "your own words condemn you."

Wow, that's powerful stuff! You see I believe the other two guys didn't say that about their master, they just used what they had and did their best with it. They stepped out in faith and worked hard and took the risks and ended up doing well and you are only going to do that if you have a healthy perspective of who your boss is. You not going to do that if your boss is a "hard man who takes what wasn't his..."

But the fact here is there are 3 guys and 2 of the 3 don't see the boss that way. According to their actions they must have seen him as a decent boss. They must have said to themselves, "I know he'll like this, if we go out and make this work and double the profits..." They had the right view because when the boss returned he was happy and gave them more- why would a boss who "takes what isn't his and harvests crops he didn't plant " be so nice to the 2?

You see the 3rd guy had the wrong perspective here. He kept repeating the lie that most likely developed from some other disgruntled employee or his own chip in his shoulder...maybe he got offended by something and felt overlooked. Whatever it was, he developed this stigma and kept feeding it and by his own words he condemned himself.

How we see God and how we perceive God, what we say about God when no one is around is crucial. It's not whether you get mad or angry at God, it's more who you see Him as deep down inside. It's the, 'yeah God never seems to do that for me,' kind of thing or, 'I don't need this, I know God doesn't really want that for me,' and so on. We need to make a conscious effort to stop these thoughts and change the stinking thinking and be like the other 2 guys, who had a pure view of their master. 

The best way to do this is 2 things – read the Bible and feed on those awesome scriptures on Gods goodness… it's full of them! Then you need to step out like they did and start to do the thing you know you should be doing with your talents. As you do, you will see that God isn't a God who takes what isn't his and harvests crops that he didn't plant. He is the God who gives you all that you need, has a future and hope for you, a plan to restore the years lost and to make you the head and not the tail.

He is a good, good God!

- Angus