The following is a challenging and uncomfortable reflection from my wife.
Burying our children?
What if the talents of Matthew 25 were the children in our churches? What if the servants were the adults, and the elders?
How would the parable look in your church? How would it end?
How many children has your congregation been given?
Does it matter how large or small the original number is? Did the master give the greatest number of talents to the best businessman?
Some churches have very few children or even none at all. Did they bury them a long time ago?
Some churches have children who might as well be buried. There is no sign of them in the liturgy or the worship place. There are no signs that they may occasionally be present, no expectation that some children might appear one day. (That reminds me of a church service we attended with our kids while on holidays. Ours were the only kids in the church and the preacher could not have known that we would be coming, but he had a children’s talk ready.)
Our services are designed for those aged 20 to 60 years old, of average intelligence, good at listening, reading and singing. (As opposed to being good at looking, watching, drawing, wriggling, dancing, jumping or running.)
We conveniently don’t see the rest. We have buried them.
The Master gave children to churches. He expects to get a return on his investment. What does that return look like?
What will it take to make the investment grow?
How exciting it will be when the Master returns to find his talents have grown a hundredfold!