Faithful Even In A Little

I'm pretty sure we're all familiar with the parable in Matthew 25:14-30.  Jesus gives an illustration of a master who leaves to go on a long journey, and gives three of his servants five bags, two bags, and one bag of silver.  While he's gone, the one with five bags goes and earns double what he originally had.  Same with the one who had two.  But the third one did something different.  When the master returned, this is what happened...

"Then the one who had received the one bag of silver came forward and said, 'Master, I knew you to be a hard man...so I was afraid I would lose your money, and I went and hid your silver in the ground.  Here you have what is yours'." (verse 24-25)

This stopped me in my tracks.  And the question that popped up was:

What am I doing with what God has given me?

No, He hasn't given me a bag of silver.  But He has given me gifts, talents, and His love and forgiveness.  How am I using these?

What did the master tell the servants who doubled what he had given them?

"His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant.  You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much.  Enter into the joy of your master'."

I want to hear God tell me that someday.  I want to be faithful in what He has given and gifted me in and set me over.  Am I holding back in fear of what others will think of me?

Am I afraid that what He has given me 'isn't enough' compared to what I see others having?

Living the Christian life isn't about what you can get from others, but what you can give them.  God put us on this earth with the ultimate purpose of glorifying and enjoying Him forever.  And one of the ways do serve Him is to serve others.  How are we serving others?  How are we glorifying Him through our lives?  He has given us all we need for life.  Even if it seems like we don't have all that much.  What are we giving Him in return?

Are we being faithful even in a little?

1 comment:

  1. Raquel, thank you for this reminder! I believe that the things in life we deem insignificant are often in God's eyes the most significant. In all of the little ways we die to ourselves, give up our own desires for the sake of serving and loving others, give up our sins in order to love Jesus, I believe that these things have the greatest eternal significance.

    It's easy to get caught up with ambitions of "doing great things for God" and "being used by God", but what if the great things God has called us to happen to be persevering through the everyday mundane, reaching out and loving the people who are right here? Can we be satisfied with humble insignificance? Let us repent of wanting to be greater instead of loving greater.

    a vapor in the wind