Three Lessons From Three Servants
“Sir, you gave me five bags of gold to invest, and I have doubled the amount. The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25: 20-21)
“God has given gifts to each of you from His great variety of spiritual gifts. Manage them well so that God’s generosity can flow through you. Are you called to be a speaker? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you…..” (1 Peter 4: 10-11)
I love the illustrations used by Jesus. The richness of His lessons will always continue to teach and encourage us. They help teach us to live a life of godliness, to know the Kingdom of Heaven. The story of the three servants is no different.
Three quick lessons come to mind from three servants. The first is that God always equips.
We are the Lords, and He has a purpose for each of us. We did not become His sons and daughters, then get thrown out to fend for ourselves, not able to survive. As our Father, he has made everything available to help us fullfil His will in our lives. As the servants were each given bags of gold, so we have been given all we need here on earth. We are His children on earth to continue His legacy, to live in His Name and God equips us to do so.
The second lesson is, we are equiped according to our abilities or our purpose. God knows what abilities and gifts we have because He gave them to us. It is not important how good you are, or how many skills you have. No, it is how those skills are used and how the gifts you were given are used. It is being faithful in the responsibilities you have been given. God calls us to be in a certain place, doing His will. He has equiped us for that place, not somewhere else or someone else. One servant was given five bags of gold, another two bags of gold and another one bag of gold. The servant with two bags of gold was as faithful as the one with five bags of gold. The master treated the two servants exactly the same according to their faithfulness not their abilities.
Being faithful leads to reward, is the third lesson. The Kingdom of Heaven is given to those who are faithful to God. ‘To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance’. Do you not want to hear God say, ‘Well done you good and faithful servant!’. I beg you to live a life of faithfulness. God is waiting to welcome us into His Kingdom, but those who are unfaithful will be thrown into outer darkness.
Three quick lessons from three servants. May they be a blessing to us, teaching us to be faithful in all that God is calling us to. ‘We work very hard at this as we depend on Christ’s mighty power that works within us’. May we trust Christ for all we need to be faithful and to fullfil His will, always looking forward to the Kingdom as our reward.