Less Risk More Trust

 Monday, March 4, 2013
Do you believe the saying that with great risks come great rewards?

Nothing ventured nothing gained.

We’ve all heard the idiom, but do we practice it?

I have a bucket list. Truth be told, I have a spiritual bucket list.

Why are there items on that list? They all require some amount of risk. I would be risking finances, time, career, or even my own life if I attempted some of the items.

But what might happen if I took a summer, dedicated it to serving God wherever He might send me, and went?

I might run out of money, starve, and not be able to get back home.

I might contract a deadly disease and die in the missions field.

I might be captured by natives hostile to the gospel of Jesus Christ, tortured in unspeakable ways, and fail by denying Christ.

I might get planted in an amazing people group that has never heard the gospel, be used in ways I’ve never even imagined, witness first hand as people experience salvation, baptism, and calls to ministry, and even be changed by God myself. I might become filled with the Holy Spirit to the point of overflowing. I might just ooze Jesus from my very pores as a result of the experience.

I might never know if I continue not to try.

For the kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoned with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, though deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of the lord. Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 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, 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. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 25:14-30


The first two servants in this parable took the money they were given, and in the opinion of the third servant, took a huge risk. They invested the money the lord had given them. They hoped their investments would pay off and that they could return the lord’s money with interest. These two servants were risk takers.

The third servant was fearful of losing the lord’s money. So, he did was any conservative person would do. He buried the money in the ground to save it and keep it safe. The third servant wasn’t willing to take a risk. He played it safe.

The first two servants’ investments paid off and they each doubled the lord’s money. The third servant’s investment also paid off; his portion was protected.

When the lord returned, he was happy with the return gained by the first two servants. He made them rulers over more things and invited them to enter in to his joy!

Their risk returned great rewards! The one who risked more, received more. The one who risked two talents received a little less.

Then shuffles in the third servant. Not only does he bring no return, he brings excuses blaming the lord. The lord takes away his talent and gives it to the servant who now already has a total of ten talents.

Does great risk bring great reward?

Yes, and no risk brings discipline.

When we follow the leading of the Lord, it becomes less about risk and more about trust. Do I trust God to keep His promises? Do I trust God to provide the interest or am I relying on my own abilities?

The third servant was certain he would make a mistake and anger the lord.

Guess what? His self-prophecy was absolutely dead on.

I don’t want to be an unprofitable servant. I want to be a risk-taker relying on the One in which there is no risk.

4 comments

  • Great insights and tie to God’s world. You really inspired me. 🙂 When we tkae risks for God, he takes care of us and ensures we are rewarded pressed down, running over.

    Mary Hill

  • A powerful scripture and reminder that God will bless our efforts when we step out in faith and extend ourselves in new ways to reach the world for Him. Thank you for sharing.