I Will Put You In Charge of Many Things

His master replied, “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

 Most of us have heard sermons preached on the three servants of Matthew 25. Each one received a certain amount of money to use for their master while he was away. Two of the three used the money wisely and doubled it in commerce. The third servant was fearful that he would lose the money he was given so he simply hid it so he would still have it when his master returned.

The passage for today is dealing with the servant who doubled the money his master left him. In this parable Jesus is addressing the concepts of responsibility, accountability and rewards for faithfulness.

We know that the master in this parable expected that these three servants would use his money wisely and have a profit waiting for him when he returned. He had not only given them money, but there was a certain responsibility attached to receiving the money.

It is evident that the master expected a return on his investment because he rewards the faithful servants, and we read the plight of the fearful servant in verses 24-30.  Jesus called that servant lazy and worthless. This unfaithful servant received a severe judgment.

The message seems to be that we are given God’s grace as a free gift, but we are responsible for how we use that gift and we will give an accounting as to how we used the gift we were given.

The faithful servants received a reward that was much greater than the profit they gave their master. It is interesting that their reward was not measured by the amount of profit returned on what they had received but by how they used what they received. The one who received five measures of money was given the same reward as the one who had received two measures of money, even though he returned much more profit.

God doesn’t reward based on the results he rewards according to our faithfulness.  Have you been faithful with what you have been given?

 Prayer:  Lord, I thank you for the gift of salvation you have given me. Give me wisdom to use wisely what you have given me. Amen.

Principle: We are given God’s grace as a free gift, but we are responsible for how we use that gift and we will give an accounting as to how we used the gift we were given.

Affirmation: I am careful that I do not misuse God’s gift of grace as a license to do as I please, but rather I realize the value of his gift and realize that I will be held accountable for how I use it.

 Reflection: The parable from which this devotion is taken contrasts the rewards for faithful service and the consequence of being unfaithful in service. How do you see this parable being worked out in our daily life?