(A confession centred on Matthew 25:14-30)
Lord, through Matthew and the story of the lazy servant
you taught the crowd and your disciples
to be busy at the work of the Kingdom
after you had gone.
Two servants who were known to be diligent
were given great responsibility
and were proven to be trustworthy when at last the master returned.
They were commended for their diligence and trustworthiness.
and each was welcomed into the celebration.
We want to be like these men when you come.
When you ask how faithful we have been
with the resources you entrusted to us
we want to be proven as diligent.
But often Lord, like that third man
we are afraid,
knowing that the responsibility which you confer
upon even the least of us is still great.
We do not want to be untrustworthy,
but we are anxious.
We do not want to be lazy,
but we are paranoid.
God of mercy and second chances,
do not throw us out of your house
if we fall short undertaking the tasks that you have given.
Enable us and encourage us to do as you have asked,
and forgive us when we do not do as you have asked.