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Good and Faithful Servant

Weekly Devotionals

Good and Faithful Servant

Matthew 25:24-30

24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ 26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. 28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

 

Today’s passage is one of the famous parables for demonstrating that disciples are prepared for Lord’s coming by their productivity. The story starts with a rich man who delegates the management of his money, talents, to his three servants. He gives five talents to the first servant, two talents to the second, and one talent to the third. The rich man returns home from his journey and finds out first two servants who were given five talents and two talents earn 100 percent return but the third servant hides the money in the ground and earns nothing. The rich man rewards the two but punishes the third servant who did nothing.

Just as the rich man gives different talents, God has given each person different gifts.  Not everyone is born with the same gifts, the same gifts of Spirit. No matter what gifts you have, God wants you to employ the gifts you have and be productive in your own way. Remember the third servant who was given one talent didn’t get punishment from the rich man for failing to earn five or more talents. He was punished because he did nothing. Surely, as you use your gifts especially in his service, you will grow your faith because the ultimate goal of serving God with using your gifts is to have personal relationship with God. Whenever someone who teaches at school or academy volunteers for children’s ministry I used to ask him or her “don’t you think you like to volunteer other ministry where you can experience some other thing? Isn’t it tired to teach children even at church?” I remember one volunteer answer. “Why can I use my gift to glorify God?” I hope and pray that we are to employ whatever we received from God for getting close to Him.