The parable of the talents* has a different meaning in the spirit of grace than it does in the mindset of a corrupted view of God. A corruption that is a carry-over from the ‘Father cannot be trusted’ sentiment in the initial lie from the Enemy. It is actually a denial and refusal to participate in the radical grace of the new covenant – a deal in which Christ is your life and you are not and in which Jesus’ relationship with God is your relationship with God despite your erratic and spasmodic resolve to ‘be a better Christian.’
ILLUSION OF THE HARD MAN
Bonface presents its meaning this way, Jesus says, “You ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest.” Negative attitude about his master was the reason he never invested. He knew his master to be a hard man who reaps where he did not sow and gathers where he had not scattered. He hid his talent on the ground so his master will have nothing at his return.” (1)
The grace of God is radical. So radical that it is the person of Christ as you and as your life. But this person steeped in the culture of the law and the parsimonious tenets of the knowledge of good and evil cannot agree that God could be that God. So he or she sticks with their law-mongering and a view of a ‘religious god’ motivated by austerity rather than by love. As a result the Believer manufactures a form of godliness that might achieve credit in religious circles but which is really not at all the fruit of the Spirit. This is the kind of ‘kingdom’ that is notionally part of the Body of Christ but is actually a field of tares.
“The law of the Spirit is the liberating force of life in Christ. This leaves me with no further obligation to the law of sin and death. Spirit has superseded the sin enslaved senses as the principle law of our lives. (The law of the spirit is righteousness by faith vs the law of personal effort and self-righteousness which produces condemnation and spiritual death which is the fruit of the DIY tree.)”
― François Du Toit, The Mirror Bible.
Father is better than any of us can imagine and so is our life in Him. An experience in which He is our life and in which we are delivered from the humbug of religion.
* Similarly the parable of the Sower is not about relinquishing persistent sin. It’s about rejecting the new covenant as a whole or clinging to mixture – the rocks and stones of the law.
(1) Odhiambo, Bonface. A book titled, "IN THE EYES OF GRACE": Unveiling Truth as God sees . Unknown. Kindle Edition.