"The Call to Faithfulness"
June 15, 2005Email to a FriendPrint
"You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness." Matthew 25:23
Christians are called to be “imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children” (Ephesians 5:1). We are to let the family resemblance show and be like our heavenly Father. Of course, some of God’s attributes are beyond our attainment. We can never be like God in faithfulness. God is faithful; He keeps His Word and covenant. Saint Paul writes, “God who has called you into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ, our Lord, is faithful” (1 Corinthians 1:9).
Like the Father, so also the Son is faithful and therefore is called as Saint John writes, “the Amen, the faithful and true witness” (Revelation 3:14).
Like the Father, so also His sons and daughters are called to be faithful in the discharge of their stewardship, faithful in all of life. “Faithful” is the key word in Jesus’ parable of the talents. The “man going on a journey” (Matthew 25:14) did not demand of his servants that they be business geniuses or be given to high intellectual attainment. What he did require was that they be faithful in managing the property he entrusted to them. The servants who gained five talents and two talents were commended alike: “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” (Matthew 25:21, 23).
“It is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful,” (1 Corinthians 4:2) writes Saint Paul. Whatever it is that God has given us – our moments and days, our hands and feet, our voice and lips, our silver and gold, our intellect and all our powers, our will and heart, above all, our life and love – He calls us to administer faithfully every entrusted talent. That's all He asks.
PRAYER: Thank You, O Lord, for the opportunities You have given me to work for You. Keep me faithful to Your Word. Amen.
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