His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’
As a boy I was taught that “if a job was worth doing, it was worth doing well.” Hard work was instilled into my life from an early age, that the end result reflects what kind of a man you are. I particularly remember one job I had on the youth training scheme in a plant nursery; I was trained how to harvest and plant shrub cuttings on a large scale. I was good at it, to the point I was left in charge all day while the boss went on landscaping contracts. He would return late afternoon to a polytunnel filled with hundreds of new shrubs much to his delight; my delight was the praise he heaped on me for a job well done. It was a very satisfying job from wich I learned much.
As I read the parble of the talents in Matthew 25 I was reminded of jobs in my past, such as the example I shared. But these are all in the the realm of work within life on earth; the parable talks of spiritual work done for our Father God. Verse 21 is the praise spoken to the slave who doubles his master’s investment in him; it is the words that all Christians wish to hear some day from their Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. In contrast, the slave who does not use his master’s talent (a weight measurement of precious metals such as gold or silver) wisely is severely scolded as a “wicked, lazy slave” and is punished accordingly (vs.26-30). No one wants to be in his shoes when meeting Jesus at the end of their earthly life!
Dear reader, what has God entrusted you with in your life? Being a Good Father He knows how to give good gifts to His children; it may not be silver or gold but rather an abilitiy to do a certain task well. I endeavour to use my abilities gifted me by God to serve Him; seeking to share His Good News with any folk I can reach in my writing. Brethren whatever you do for God, do it well, working towards the day you hear the precious words of today’s verse in your ears. Finally I challenge you today:
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” (Colossians 3:23-24).