I’d never considered this before:
Compare the way the one-talent servant views the master with the way the master actually behaves:
- The one-talent servant thinks the master is “a hard man;”
- Whereas the master is actually really generous and joyful.
If people are convinced that the Lord is cruel and hard, it will be very hard for them to accept his gracious gifts. This is what Jesus means when he says, “For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them” (Matthew 25:29).
If you believe God is gracious and good, you’ll be open to receive more goodness and grace. If you are convinced God is cruel and hard, Jesus implies that at the end, you’ll get exactly what you expect.
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