April 4, 2018
His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant…” Matthew 25:23
This meditation started with a strange dream I had last week. It was time for my final service before retirement. However, instead of standing at the pulpit, I was sitting in a pew. The guest preacher was my father. I had no idea what he was going to say. Of course, it is only a dream, as he left this world over eleven years ago. When I awoke, the words of Jesus from Matthew 25 came to mind. I hoped that my father would have spoken to me these very words. More importantly, I hope that I will hear my Heavenly Father say to me, “well done, good and faithful servant.” And I pray that He will say these same words to each of you when it is time to retire from your earthly vocation of being His servant in this world.
The context of these words is the parable of the talents. To each of three servants, a master had given different amount of talents, a unit of money. After leaving them for some time, he returned to see what they had done with them. The first two servants invested the talents and produced even more. The third, with the least given to him, hid it and merely preserved what was given. Translated into the intention of the parable, his life had no impact on those around him, blessed no one, and gave no honor to the master.
What will your heavenly Father say about your stewardship of the valuables He has given you to manage? For me, the office of the ministry has been that responsibility. He will hold me accountable for exercising it in such a way that His people heard His Word faithfully proclaimed and that His name was glorified. Only by His grace and with His guidance will I have been able to do so, and thus to hear the words, “Well done”. Because Jesus did well my salvation on the cross, I can have confidence that my work will be acceptable. His grace has covered many sins of commission and omission, and made the work a joyful task.
Whatever responsibility God has given you in your life, whatever your vocation, professional or volunteer, He will look for faithfulness in carrying it out. If you have retired from one job, His call on your life remains as you invest your talents in new ways of service. God’s grace in Christ will cover and guide you so that you will hear His grace in the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant”.
Peace be with you,