Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
WELL DONE, GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT
Matthew: 25: 14-30.
" His master said to him, well done good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master." (Matthew: 25: 21)In the famous parable of the talents, Jesus speaks of three people who were given something to invest; each according to his ability. Please note that God will give us only according to the ability to handle. If we did not get the same talents as our neighbor, don't worry; just use what He gave us. The first man doubled the talents entrusted to him by the master. The second also did the same. But the third one feared to handle his talent and buried it.
Fear is our number one enemy. It freezes our faith and cripples our creativity. Our money, time, talent, love etc., are seeds that must be sown. Everything God gives us is meant to be multiplied. By failing to do so we eventually lose it. Christ's parable ends with these sobering words, " Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents." (V. 28) The Bible says, " Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly and whoever sows generously will also reap generously"(2 Cori: 9:6)
To succeed in life we must seek God's direction, prepare ourselves, work hard and invest in the right things. Remember that material success is not the whole thing. God's real objective is to take us as a channel through which His blessings flow to others. God is not opposed to us owning material things as long as they do not own us. God wants our greatest joy to be in Him, the giver, not the gifts. Money can be a tool for good or evil, and one reason God wants us to have it is to make sure it gets to the right places and fulfill His purposes.
Consistent sowing guarantees consistent reaping. Each seed planted schedules a harvest. Is it not worth forfeiting a few luxuries now in order to be secure later by multiplying our God given talents, to be in a position to fulfill God's purposes and hear Him say " Well done, good and faithful servant ". So the word for you today is- Use what God gave you. Even though there are differences in talents (it is the diversity that makes the world beautiful and colorful), there is equality is several other things: equality in opportunity; equality in responsibility/ accountability; and equality in reward.
Prayer: Loving Heavenly father, we praise you for bestowing us with talents, according to our ability. Help us to trade it properly so as to multiply them and eventually to hear you saying, “Well done good and faithful servant". In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
Dr. Thomas David, St. Thomas, New York