BIBLE READING: MATTHEW 25:14-30; LUKE 19:12-27; 1 CORINTHIANS 15:9-10
“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 families and in every organization where it is practiced. When a family member or an employee who has done well is openly appreciated, he or she is motivated to do more and other family members or staff are spurred on to make a mark that will attract a similar appreciation. A heartfelt commendation from a parent or superior is like an energizer and affirmation of trust and confidence in the recipients’ potential.
One of the things that will happen at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb will be the presentation of Rewards and Awards to deserving saints who have served and brought Glory to the Lamb while they were on Earth. What this means is that it is not enough to be born again and to have Heaven as a destination. There are gifts that have been given to us and assignments that must be carried out with these gifts in furtherance of the Will of the Father on Earth.
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 and 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 (see Lk. 19:12-27; Matt. 25:14-30).
In 1 Corinthians 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.
Father, thank You for counting me worthy to be made a steward. Lord, help me to always remember the reasons for which I am a Christian and enable me to always live and act by Your Own Standards. Father, help me to start living for others today. Give me the grace to work with sincerity of heart at all times so I will receive Your Commendation as a faithful and fruitful steward in Jesus’ Name. Amen.