Scripture: 2 Samuel 15-16, Psalm 32, Matthew 25
Matthew 25:21 (23) ’Well done, you good and faithful servant!’ said his master. ‘You have been faithful in managing small amounts, so I will put you in charge of large amounts. Come on in and share my happiness!’
Jesus told the story of a man who entrusted his property to three servants as he went away on a journey. Each man was given a substantial trust, the equivalent of 5, 3 or 1 lifetimes wages! The first two invested and doubled the money; the third was afraid and buried the money and returned only the original amount to his boss. Matthew 25:21 (and 23) is the boss’ response to the first two servants when they presented their earnings.
There is a lot packed into this verse!
First, the commendation. “Well done, good and faithful servant.” This is what every Christian hopes to hear from the Lord! Someday each of us will stand before God—the only One whose judgment matters! Faithfully use what God has given you—invest your gifts in serving God and others—and you’ll hear “Well done.” Those who faithfully apply themselves succeed.
Second, the reward. “Come on in and share my happiness.” The ultimate reward for a Christian is to be invited into God’s presence and share His eternal joy! Jesus often pictured heaven as a party! A celebration! God welcomes us into His party, to be with Him and share His joy. It doesn’t get any better than that!
Third, the perspective. “You have been faithful in managing small amounts, so I will put you in charge of large amounts.” Each man was given a large amount of money to manage—millions of dollars! And yet the Lord calls it “small amounts” and promises to put them in charge of large amounts! Obviously, God counts differently than we do! The inference is that if we manage well what God gives us, He will trust us with much bigger things to manage. What are those bigger things? Only eternity will tell. Our destiny is much greater than anything we can imagine. It makes our greatest achievements here look like “small amounts.”
Prayer: Lord, help me today to faithfully use what you have given me. I never want to waste a day. So help me make my best investment today in Your service.