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Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness. - Matthew 25:21
Our devotional today comes from this verse was excerpted from the parable Jesus told of the man who gave three of his employees varying amounts of responsibility and funds to care for while he would be gone for a long time. He expected these employees to use the funds he gave them wisely and gain a profit for him.
Two of his employees did just that. They made wise investments, worked hard and doubled what they had been given. To both of those faithful servants he invited to share in his wealth. But, there was one employee who didn't do anything with the funds he had been given.
It is interesting that the employee who was not considered faithful didn't do anything bad, he just didn't do anything good. He was given a responsibility and it scared him. In the parable Jesus has him saying, "I was afraid." He didn't waste the money, he didn't spend it on himself, he just hid it because he was afraid.
I know many believers who have held to the faith and have not wavered, but they have not done anything with the gifting that God has placed in them. The words I hear so often are, "I just can't do that," and, "I'm afraid if I try that I will fail." So, they just don't do anything but "hold on to the faith."
In the parable Jesus has some choice words for the unproductive servant. "You wicked, lazy servant... you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers... Throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
Faithfulness is more than just holding on, it is being active in the business of the kingdom. I encourage you not to be driven by your fear but to be moved with commitment to the progress of the kingdom of our God.
Only the faithful receive the reward.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to not only be faithful to hold on to you, but to be faithful to serve in your kingdom. Grant me the grace to overcome my fears and invest what you have invested in me. Amen.
Principle: Being faithful to the gifts given to us by God will produce eternal rewards.
Affirmation: God has given me a certain gift set and I will be faithful to use those gifts in service to him. Because I am faithful to the gifts he has given me he will be faithful to reward me.
Reflection: What do you think of the statement, "Faithfulness is more than just holding on, it is being active in the business of the kingdom? What does being faithful to your gift set mean to you?
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