“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.” verse 21 (NIV)
Many Christians dream of what it might be like to stand before Jesus one day and hear him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” Could any other declaration be more important or more valued?
Can we be assured of receiving that kind of affirmation from Jesus? Yes, we can – through faith in him, as Ephesian 2:4-10 explains: saving grace comes through faith as a gift to us from God.
That is what Jesus teaches in Matthew 25:14-30. Two servants receive significant gifts and trust their master enough to go out and invest those gifts. Any investment involves risk, and yet these servants are willing to take the risk because they trust their master. The third servant doesn’t trust the master, doesn’t invest his gift, and then loses his gift and his job when the master returns. It was not so much about not investing as it was about why he did not invest. The servant was afraid of the master, meaning there was no real relationship.
Trusting him enough to use our gifts his way isn’t always easy. But if we want to hear him say, “Well done,” we must trust him anyway. Knowing that Jesus loves us always and invites us to participate in establishing his kingdom should motivate us to use our gifts as often as we can.
Dear Jesus, help me to trust you and to be faithful with all you have given me, and may I look forward to the joy of hearing you say, “Well done!” Amen.