Scared Money

calipariI’ve learned a new phrase and found a Biblical truth in an unexpected place. A sports commentator recently quoted UK Basketball coach, John Calipari, as saying, “Scared money don’t make no money”. The coach was referring to a talented basketball team that played scared. I thought the phrase was fascinating, so I ‘googled’ it for information. The definition in the Urban Dictionary is – “people who are afraid to take risks”. The phrase is from the song Scared Money by Mike Czyk. I believe all truth is God’s truth no matter where you find it. I think the idea in ‘scared money’ carries a truth worth examining.

The ‘scared money’ theme brought to my mind two compelling scriptures. The first is found in Revelation 21:7-8 (NKJ): “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murders, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death”. Leading the list of the lost is the cowardly, ‘scared money’ types.

The second scripture is Matthew 25:14-30 (NKJ). Here, Jesus shares the Parable of the Talents that emphasizes the devastating impact of fear and cowardliness. As you will recall in this passage, a master was going on an extended trip. He called three servants and gave to each bags gold according to his own ability. One received five talents (bags of gold), another two, and finally to the last one he gave one bag. When he returned, each was called to give and account. Both of the first two had gained double the amount the master had entrusted to their care. The master’s response to each was, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord(v.21). 

The Message Translation quotes this critical passage in a down-to-earth and practical way:  “The servant given one thousand (one bag) said, ‘Master, I know you have high standards and hate careless ways, that you demand the best and make no allowances for error, I was afraid I might disappoint you, so I found a good hiding place and secured your money. Here it is, safe and sound down to the last cent.’ The Master was furious. ‘That’s a terrible way to live! It’s criminal to live cautiously like that! If you knew I was after the best, why did you do the least? Take the one thousand and give it to the one who risked the most. And get rid of this “play-it-safe” who won’t go out on a limb. Throw him into the outer darkness.” 

The Great Commission in Matthew 28 was not The Great Suggestion! We are to go in His name and make disciples. Acts 2:8 clearly commits to us the responsibility of being His witnesses. Jesus said in Luke 12:48, “to whom much is committed, of him they will ask the more.” Jesus gives us great assurance that all authority has been given to Him. We go in that authority. He promised power through the Holy Spirit. He promised His presence would be with us. He promised His strength would be made perfect in our weakness. He promised His love would casts out fear. Therefore, will be no excuses accepted.

Scared money don’t make no money!

~ Brother Roy


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