Jesus likened God’s judgement to a wealthy businessman who took a long break from work, leaving different parts of his business in the care of three trusted employees. Two of them expanded their part of the business, doubling it’s value, but the third did nothing other than keep things exactly as they were. When the boss returned from his travels, he called the three employees in to report. The first said, “You trusted me with a £5 million business, it is now worth £10 million.” The second said, “You trusted me with £2 million, now you have £4 million.” The boss commended them both, offering promotions and increased responsibilities.
The third said to his boss, “I knew you are a harsh man who punishes failure, so I have kept things as they were. Here is your business, just as you left it.” The boss was angry. “So you thought that I’m a harsh man who punishes failure, and still you did nothing! Throw him out, and give his part of the business to the first man.” (Matthew 25:14-30)
God has entrusted his earthly business to us. He expects us to make something of it. If we don’t even try, he will indeed be angry.