October 8, 2020

BE FAITHFUL - Bro. T. Stephen

I greet and bless everyone in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. The blessed word that God has given you for today is from the book of Matthews 25:21. His Lord said to him, “Well done good and faithful servant, you were faithful over a few things I will make you a ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord.”
In this context we see that the master was going on a long journey so he gave talents to each of his servant, according to his own ability. And when He came back He asked them what they had done with their talents. The one who received five talents said that he had gained five more talents. The one who received two talents said, he had gained two more talents besides them. But the one who received one talent said,“ ‘Master, ’I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.” His master was very much displeased with his servant, so he said, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest”
His Lord appreciated his other servants who made good profit of the talents given to them. So said unto his servant, well done, My good and faithful servant, you have done well. You know that you cannot do anything by yourself, without the help of God. For you know you can do nothing well of your selves, and when you have done all you can, you acknowledge that all you do is owing to the grace of God. You are a good and faithful servant: who have the grace of God implanted in you, You have begun a good work and possess good qualities, and abilities, without which you can never be good servants to your master. You have been faithful over a few things: so the master said, “I will make you ruler over many things.”

Confidence in an unfaithful man is painful and vexatious; for when we put any stress on him, he not only fails, but makes us suffer because of it. A faithful servant by serving his master to the expectation of his master and to the best of his capacity, gains confidence of his master, such that his Master entrusts him with bigger opportunities that needs greater responsibility, for the master is now, confident that his servant is capable of doing the given task perfectly. While we observe the shepherd boy David we see his faithfulness in tending his father’s sheep. David refers to integrity and uprightness as the attributes that will preserve him. And David exhibited both integrity and uprightness that is necessary for a good servant. His enemies were trying to discredit him, but the Lord knew David was righteous. David certainly could trust the Lord to do what was right and keep him safe. David states that he was waiting on the Lord. The word “wait” indicates that David was trustfully expecting the Lord to fulfil His promises, to make a great name for David, to give him rest from his enemies, to give him a heritage, and to establish his kingdom forever. This should be the attitude of every servant who will be willing to wait on the Lord their Master and gain a good portion of reward.
The parable of the talents though it speaks about the kingdom of heaven, but it offers an important lesson about success. God measures our success not by what we have, but by what we do with what we have-for all that we have is a gift from Him. We are really only managers to whom He has entrusted resources and responsibilities. The key thing, He looks for is faithfulness doing what we can to obey and honour Him with whatever He has given us. We may or may not be “successful” as our culture measures success, in terms of wealth, prestige, power, or fame. In the long run that hardly matters. What counts is whether we have faithfully served God with what He has entrusted to us.
From the above passage we learn that if you wish to lead a happy family life, or do your ministry effectively and peacefully, or work efficiently at your work spot, or do well in your studies, or prosper in any profession, then God expects something important from you. You need to be honest in few things that God has entrusted to you. If you are found faithful in few things then God will make you ruler over many things. May the Lord help you to be wise and serve faithfully. God bless you.

Prayer: Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. Lord we thank you for telling us through this message that we need to be honest and sincere in all that we do. Help us to be like those servants who invested their talents and made a good profit. Give us the wisdom and understanding to serve those in authority with reverence and diligence.
In Jesus name we pray.

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