BIBLE READING: MATTHEW 25
21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
“GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT”
This word good means beneficial. It means that this servant made things better for the owner. The servant made life better for the owner. The owner did not have to worry and fret whether this individual would show up, do the job, or give it his best. That sure is a relief to an owner to know you can trust an individual. So, this servant made life better for the owner, but in return, the owner made life better for the servant. You will find that this word servant is offensive to a lot of people and they don’t like to be told that they are a servant, but that’s exactly what we should be to our Lord and Savior. Serving is something that everybody can do. So, we are not just to be beneficial to the owner, faithful for the owner, but we are to also “serve” the owner.
“FAITHFUL OVER A FEW THINGS”
We all do not have talent or ability in certain areas as others do, but each of us can be faithful. What I find encouraging is that we are told that this servant was faithful over a “few” things. For some reason you and I think that we are supposed to accomplish things, be victorious in our own ability, and achieve greatness for the Lord to be pleased with us. If that was the case, only a few people would please the Lord. I love it that the servant was simply faithful, and he was faithful over just a “few things”. We don’t have to impress God. We do not have to prove our worth to God. We are simply to serve with humility and be consistent at whatever God asks us to do. You may think that you do not have an important position, task, or responsibility in life, church, or career. God says that if we are simply faithful over a few things, that pleases God exceedingly. Remember, He is the owner and we are the servants.
“THE JOY OF THY LORD”
There is a reward that is greater than any other reward. That reward is to please the Lord. There is a joy and a peace that sweeps over your life when you know that you have pleased the Lord. The most miserable people in the world are Christians who are living in a way that displeases the Lord. That person can act like they’re having the time of their life, and they can try to convince everyone how they are enjoying their rebellion, but deep down they are miserable. If you want to experience the “joy of the Lord”, then just be faithful in “serving” the Lord. One last thing. This passage says that the owner makes the servant a “ruler” over many things. If you notice, the servant is no longer a servant. He is now a ruler. The Bible says we are joint heirs with Christ. We are serving the Lord now, but one day we will “rule and reign” with Christ. AMEN!