“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful over a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Share your master’s joy.’ “Matthew 25:21 CSB
In the parable of the talents, the master entrusted his servants with some money to invest. Ultimately he called on them to give an account of their stewardship. Those who had invested wisely were rewarded, while the one who did not was punished. So what do we learn from this parable? I believe it is another of ‘the kingdom of heaven is like’ parables; Jesus is illustrating something about the kingdom to us. What do we do with what he has given us?
What has God entrusted you with? It might be physical resources, time, or abilities, whether natural or spiritual giftedness; all that we are and have ultimately comes from him. Are we faithful stewards of what God has entrusted us with, investing wisely in the work of the kingdom? Or are we neglectful, investing poorly? Will we be given additional responsibilities in the life to come, sharing in the master’s joy? Or will we suffer loss?
When I stand before my Lord someday, I long to hear him say to me, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful over a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Share your master’s joy.’