WELLDONE, NOT WELCOME
So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents saying, 'Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.' His Lord said to him, 'Well done good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of the Lord.' Matthew 25:20-21(NKJV).
The culture of appreciation does so much in every organisation. When an employee who has done well is openly appreciated, he or she is motivated to do more and other staff are spurred. A heartfelt commendation from a superior is like an energiser.
In the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30, Jesus taught His listeners that the kingdom is not about resources, but about resourcefulness. He told them a story of how a master resourced his stewards according to their abilities. Resources and opportunity were given to these stewards to enable them put their ability to work. The stewards knew that their stewardship was time bound, that a day of reckoning was at hand; the master who gave them the resources and opportunity returned at an appointed time for them to give accounts.
Remember that stewardship is managing another man's estate in the best interest of the owner. The life we have, the resources, and abilities that were given to us are opportunities for stewardship. Everyone's work or stewardship will be evaluated for commendation or for condemnation. If our work is commended, our scope of stewardship will be increased with more resources and authority (Luke 19:12-27; Matt. 25:14-30).
In 1 Corinthains 15:9-10, apostle Paul told us how he applied the grace that was given to him to productive labour, knowing that there is a day of reckoning. In both the parables of the talents and of the minas, it was very clear that God delights in faithfulness and fruitfulness. He did not overlook slothfulness, hence, the steward who because of fear kept his talent idle was harshly condemned. God detests it when we allow resources to be idle because they will lose their value.
As we journey through life, whatever form of resources that God has bestowed upon us will certainly be accounted for. Will you be among those that will hear, "WELLDONE good (competent, fruitful) and faithful servant" or "you WICKED and SLOTHFUL servant?"
Do not forget, that the master of stewards brought those that did well into the joy of their master; they became both shareholders and stakeholders in their master's estate.
Critically evaluate your stewardship in every area of your life and make appropriate adjustments.
Father, thank You for counting me worthy to be made a steward. I ask You for the grace for faithful and fruitful stewardship in Jesus name.