Some people would probably disagree with my interpretation of the parable of the talents, but the reward of the two faithful servants is rest. Two of the three servants works hard and they are invited into God’s rest. The third hoards the talent that he is given and even it is stripped away from him.
Matt 25 tells us that the landowners reply is, “Well done, good and faithful slave You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” Each of the obedient servants is invited into the joy of the master. To be invited into God’s joy is to enter into His rest. It is only after these servants use the gifts that were given them by their master that they get the reward of entering into his rest. The same applies to us. We cannot expect to truly rest in God until we use the gifts that he has given us to multiply His Kingdom. The master is so pleased with his faithful servants, but the one who feared him and buried his treasure did not receive the reward of rest of the masters’ presence.
If we are interested in real rest, we must figure out what the Lord has gifted us with and use these gifts to further His Kingdom. He trusts us with amazing gifts and allows us to participate in His great work by giving away our gifts for the sake of others. What a reward! Rest in God is what we all long for.