Today, I want to consider Matthew 25:14-30, the parable of the talents.
The first thing I want to look at is the readiness of two of the three servants. They knew what needed to be done and they set on their way to get it done. The third guy wavered in what he should do. Whenever something comes up in our life and we know what we should do but instead hem-ha around about it, what do you think that says to God? In my opinion, it says that your trying to decide if you will be obedient or not. Obedience is an act that should be followed through immediately – no questions asked.
In this passage, the Master was gone a long time. Sound familiar? Jesus has been gone from this earth a long time. Yet, He still expects us to be faithful. He encouraged the writers of the Scriptures to encourage us to be found faithful upon His return. We need to get to work, princess! The Master is returning soon!
And when He did return, He praised the two servants who were faithful and brought to Him the fruit of their labor. “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness.” (Vs. 21,23) Isn’t this what we all want to hear when we get to Heaven?
But this also can be applied to our life here on earth. You see, it doesn’t matter the size of the results of your faithfulness. The reward is still the same – God is pleased. He just wants us to be faithful and fruitful.
These two servants showed two characteristics: they had a good heart and faithful hands that were willing to work. Their good heart is shown in their obedience to their master. Their faithful hands were shown in the fruit of their labor.
The third servant showed character flaws: wickedness and laziness. Wickedness in that he chose to be disobedient. Laziness because he didn’t even try to produce a fruit. He was just content to be a part of the group.
Today, princess, don’t just be a part of the group. Get out there and produce some fruit! And don’t be concerned about how much or how little you produce. God is just pleased that you are producing!