We think of wicked people as: extremists who execute their captives, people who use guns on children, lying public figures or oppressive foreign dictators w/bad haircuts.

But a life continually marked by laziness towards the good works God invites you into is also evil/unbelief. In the Parable of the Talents (Matt. 25:25-30), God entrusts opportunities to do his good works to 3 people. The 1st & 2nd servants are faithful and hear from their master, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful with a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” [Matt. 25:21,23]. The 3rd unbelieving servant was unfaithful and indifferent to his master’s wishes. This 3rd servant did not really know the master and ultimately was cast into the “outer darkness” where there was “weeping and gnashing of teeth” [Matt. 25:24-30].

re: 1st & 2nd servants (believers) [v.15-23]

> God’s commendation – How great would it be to hear God say to you, “Well done (“I’m proud of you”) good and faithful (“You are trustworthy”) servant (“You’ve served that which matters most”). You have been faithful with a little, I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” (“I will increase your joy”) [v.21,23]. Being rewarded by God in heaven [2 Cor. 5:10; 1 Cor. 3:10-15] is legit motivation for doing God’s work here on earth.

> “at once” – The 1st & 2nd servants went out “at once” with urgency [v.16]. Are we? A lack of urgency among believers may be the #1 biggest problem in the church today. We have far too many 4 and 5 talent Christians today who are living 3 and 2 talent lives. The only one that ever stopped you is you and in the end, you (and I) will be entirely responsible to God for the stewardship he entrusted us with. You are far to valuable to be living a wasted life just surviving in mundane conformity to the world’s standards of success.

re: 3rd servant (unbelievers) [v.24-30]

> your most important work – If your life is continually marked by an indifference to God’s work (the things revolving around obedience to, following of, and praising of Jesus), then the most important work to rededicate your life to isn’t through a self-improvement seminar or yoga or Earth Day. It’s trusting in the life and work of Jesus Christ on the cross for the forgiveness of your sins [John 6:28,29].