This is me watching the snow fall on the bone I just buried outside. I’m also thinking about what my MOM was preparing to tell her congregation about burying their talents, their faith, from Matthew 25. She says we are not to bury them. WHAT, not bury! Is she crazy?
And this is me finally understanding what she has to say.
Bearing fruit or fruitfulness: pouring life into producing something palpable and nourishing which itself carries the seeds for another generation — that has been the demand of discipleship from the beginning.
Jesus didn’t like buried treasure. He didn’t teach his disciples to bury their faith for some distant future. Jesus taught his disciples to bear witness to their faith for the very next generation. Jesus was not in the burial business. Jesus was in the resurrection business.
God loves to grant forgiveness and grace. So what’s the worst that could happen if we try and fail? If we bear it all and fail? What’s the worst that could happen if we lose it all after risking it all?
Amazing Grace, that’s what.Jesus insists that we “bear,” not “bury.” To bury your gifts, your talents, and your strengths is to live dead, to be buried alive.
So I guess my question is this, will you let God be God this week? Will you take some risks and invest your talents in something that promises to bear fruit, to bear it all? And even if it doesn’t, will you let God be God? Will you trust God’s amazing grace to cover your losses?
A little p.s., MOM says that I can still bury my bones.