We’ve spent the last two weeks looking at how God is faithful. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He will never leave nor forsake us. and He abounds in love and faithfulness. Knowing this makes me just want to worship Him and grow to know Him more deeply.
So this week, we look at what our faithfulness should be like. After all, the fruits of the Spirit are about us bearing fruit in our own lives. Throughout this series (can you believe we’ve been going for 8 months?) we’ve repeatedly seen again and again how that it is because of God’s love/joy/peace/patience/kindness/goodness/gentleness that we can bear those fruits in response.
So we are called to be faithful, as God is faithful to us.
This week’s verse come from the parable of the talents, which you can read in Matthew 18:14-30. To summarise, a wealthy man gives three servants varying amounts of money before going away. He then returns and finds out what they did with it. Two of the servants invested the money, and one buried it. Those who invested it doubled what they were given. The words in our verse come from the wealthy man, praising his servant:
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
After thinking about this verse all week – and you can’t help think about the whole parable at the same time, a few things stood out to me.
The master trusted the servant
The master gave the servant a huge amount of money. 5 talents was equivalent to 100 years wages. So the master firstly demonstrated a huge amount of trust in the servant.
This makes me wonder, what has God entrusted us with? Most of us in the Mummy Meditations community are parents, and, like me, your initial answer is probably your children. But then when I think more deeply about the relationships, money, material things, opportunities and responsibilities I have, I am aware that God has trusted me with many things.
The master praised the servant
The verse starts with ‘Well done, good and faithful servant!’ The servant worked, invested the money and waited until the master came back. There must have been many temptations to run off with the money, or even to bury it like the third servant. The master understood this, and praised him.
Likewise, God is pleased when we are faithful. When we work hard, when we commit to our promises and when we wait.
The master rewarded the servant with more responsibility
So faithfulness results in more responsibility, does it? Part of me wants to run away at this idea! But we see this (hopefully) in our workplaces – hard work brings promotion and more responsibility. We see this as well with our spiritual lives – faithfulness in prayer leads to greater faith.
We cannot earn God’s love or grace – it is there for everyone, given freely. But perhaps we can prove our faithfulness?
The servant was invited to share his master’s happiness
‘Come and share your master’s happiness.’ That’s a lovely invitation. I definitely want to share God’s happiness. I want to prove myself to be faithful to Him, and I want to be a part of that celebration. To me, that’s really exciting. Yes, scary, but mostly exciting.
Next week’s verse is going to be an interesting one. Make sure you pop over to Rachel’s blog to see what she thinks.
A faithful person will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished. Proverbs 28:20