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March 14, 2015

FAITHFUL = 1.  Adhering firmly and devotedly, as to a person, cause, or idea.  Marked by or showing a strong sense of duty or responsibility; conscientious; dependable; reliable.

SERVANT = One who serves, or does services, voluntarily or on compulsion; a person who is employed by another for menial offices, or for other labor, and is subject to his command; a person who labors or exerts himself for the benefit of another, his master or employer; a subordinate helper.  One in a state of subjection or bondage.

In books that have discussed test, the faithful  and the servant test has been discussed separately; however, since the scripture (Matthew 25:14- 30) that I will be using in this blog combines these two words in its description, I will also discuss them together as one test.

In Matthew 25:14- 30, Jesus is having a private discourse with his disciples concerning the signs of His return to earth. Also, He is sharing with them pertinent information concerning the believer’s positive and negative activity while He is gone. Let’s explore this parable.

Jesus shares the story of a man who is going on a trip, but before his departure, he confers with his three servants and gives them monies which he expects them to invest, while he is away. Knowing his servants, the amounts given to each was different. The man gave them what he knew they could handle. Two of the servants took the monies and doubled it, while the third who had received the smallest amount hid what he had received in the ground. After a lengthy absence, the man returned home, and he gathered the servants together for them to give an account of their actions. For the two who had doubled the man’s monies he gives these words of commendation, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” (Matthew 25:21) When the unprofitable servant was questioned, he claimed his fear of the man caused him to do nothing with the monies. The man rebukes and condemns him with these words, “Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 25:26-30)

Here are some notable extractions that I made from this parable.

  1.  We are called SERVANTS; that is our position in the kingdom.
  2.  All that we have belongs to God. We had NOTHING until he invested in us.
  3.  What we received is determined by God; accept His allocations.
  4.  God assess our abilities and entrust us with His goods.
  5.  Be careful how you treat God’s goods.
  6.  Don’t worry about what others have or what they are doing with it. Mind and handle your own business.
  7.  All believers have the ability to multiply.
  8.  Everyone receives something from God.
  9.  The amount that we receive does not matter, what matters is what we did with what we received for God measures success not by what you have but by your  character and tenacity.
  10.  We are given time to accomplish.
  11.  Believers will be held accountable for their actions.
  12.  God rewards us not on accomplishments but FAITHFULNESS.
  13.  You can start as a servant and end as a ruler.
  14.  The reward for faithful service is greater responsibility.
  15.  The reward for work well done is more work to do.
  16.  The reward for investing is being blessed with more investments.
  17.  A believer’s view of God is reflective of how they serve Him.
  18.  Fear produces stagnation.
  19.  God expects believers to know how He operates and govern themselves accordingly.
  20.  God does not accept excuses.
  21.  The believer who is punished is the believer who did not try.

Jesus has given us the criteria by which the words, “FAITHFUL SERVANT” can be pronounced on us. The decision on whether we hear these words lie entirely in our hands. If you have not been a faithful servant, I pray this blog has not only given you something on which to ponder but also inspired you to do better.

From → Test Series

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