Matthew 25:24-25 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’
The event mentioned above happened after the servant had been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The master has come back to see what his servants have done with his investment.
The servant responds to his master with a shift blame and an assumption that he knows him. He first tells his master that he knows that his master has high standards almost as if to say that what happened his fault because his standards were too high.
But what is really at the root of the problem is that the servant didn’t really have a relationship with the master.
Obedience reflects relationship
In John 14:15 Jesus tells his disciples “if ye love me, keep my commandments.” And then in 1 John 2:3-6 John repeats echoes Jesus words by saying,“And by this, we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.”
I heard Andy Stanley once say it like this, “rules without relationship equal rebellion.”
See, the servant assumed that he knew the master but he didn’t because he didn’t have a relationship with him. I believe if he would have truly known the master he would have known that he was a loving master that had blessed him generously with the opportunity to do something significant. And that the master was looking more at the servants’ faithful obedience than a big return on his investment.
But because of the lack of relationship, the servant instead, rebels against the master. The servant instead of following through with obedience did his own thing. He hid the money until the master returned. And I think it’s important to realize that he did it out of fear, which again points to the lack of relationship.
Jesus said if you love me, keep my commands, which shows us that love comes first. Our obedience to out master should come out of love. If the servant would have loved the master he would have done anything to please him. And in the same way, if we love our master we will do anything to please him.
How quickly are you obeying God’s commands for your life?
Are you doing your own thing like the servant in the story above?
Do you really know the master or is your relationship based on an assumption?