“…. I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth…..” Matthew 25:25 KJV

Matthew 25:14 through 30 records a parable about the master of an estate who gave each of his servants a sum of money to invest for him. One man got five talents, the second man received two talents, and the third man one talent. The servants with two and five talents turned a respectable profit, while the man with one talent told his master, “I was afraid, and…hid your talent in the earth…”.  One of the major lessons in this story is that fear makes you unproductive!

A seasoned pastor writes: “Fear will stop you from singing in the choir, fear will stop you from preaching in the pulpit, fear will stop you from serving on the Deacon and Trustee ministry, Fear will keep you from giving cheerfully and it will make you suspicious of every kind gesture that comes your way….The underlying issue is fear that God will not do what He says He would do. But as believers we should be so full of the Word that fear can’t get a foothold…Jesus said, ‘Take no thought for your life’ ” (Matthew 6:25 KJV). In other words, why would you even think fearful thoughts when God has already told you that He will never leave you or forsake you.  God will protect you and give you everything you need in order to do the job He has called you to do.

The bottom line is God is with you even when you can’t feel or see Him, and when others imply He has abandoned you. Fear disguises itself behind many different faces. When we always want things to go our way, or we say we’re not interested, or we say it’s not the right time…... it might be because of fear! If you’re wondering why you’re not progressing in certain areas, do a self-check and see if hidden fear is holding you back. And if it is, ask God to help you release your fears and start trusting what He says. After all, God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of love, power and of a sound mind (2 Tim. 1:7).

Rev. Dr. Major A. Stewart, Pastor

Greater Mt. Sinai Baptist Church

Sunday, February 19, 2017