This unwise steward received improper information about his Lord. His perception of his Lord is what kept him away from his treasure or from getting wealthy. How he viewed his master; limited him from becoming a wise individual with wealth generating power. So instead of him seeing the value in his master he began to criticize his master. What you don’t value you will criticize.
What you don’t appreciate will depreciate.
… reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
That was one of his problems. But I believe his greater problem was in the next verse, 25. And I was afraid. When a person improperly handles his master, they will open themselves up to the spirit of fear. Fear will always paralyze your faith. Let me ask you, what are you afraid of? The acronym for fear is False Evidence Appearing Real. Fear will freeze out your emotions. And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo,there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, …
The master called this man a wicked servant. If you do not generate wealth, make money, and increase money, you are a wicked servant. If you are not a producer, you are wicked. Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.This parable shows us in a very fundamental sense that when you improperly invest your time it will always lead to some form of wicked action.
Your time in life should be focusing on investing so that you will have a return from your investments. When I talk about investing, I am not only speaking about investing your money. I am also talking about investing your time in areas that are going to produce a return in your life.
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How are you being a wicked servant?