Good and Faithful

Jesus taught us that you can learn a great deal about people by how they use their resources. In fact, He told a parable that addresses this very issue in Matthew 25. It is the Parable of the Talents. It is about being faithful with what God has given to each of us.

What is the standard for success in managing God’s gifts to us? God’s standard is faithfulness. We have a responsibility to handle our wealth effectively.

Listen to the voice of the Master: “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful…” (vs. 21); and again in vs. 23, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful…” Understand that God is not looking for quantity as the measure of success here. God gave to each servant “each to his own ability, to one He gave five talents of money, to an-other two talents, and to another one talent.” (vs. 15).

The master knew each of his servants well. He knew what they were capable of managing. The faithful steward is responsible for what he or she has, whether it is little or much. As someone once said, “It’s not what I would do if one million dollars were my lot; it’s what I am doing with the ten dollars I’ve got.”

Interestingly, the servant who was given two talents received the same reward as the servant who was given five talents. They used those talents in their Master’s best interest. It was the third servant who did not act in the Master’s best interest. He did nothing to increase his Master’s money.

The way we handle our wealth can also honor God. Honor the Lord with your wealth…” Prov. 3:9. How do we best do that?

We honor God by managing what we have; timely payment of bills, prudent management of debt, saving for emergencies, saving for retirement and wise investing.

We also honor the Lord by generous giving. Giving a cup of cold water in His name is demonstrating His love to those in need.

Are you effectively handling your wealth? Open your checkbook. It is the ultimate test of your heart’s desire. Are you honoring God by your investments in eternity? Your answers will determine the direction of your life and your final reward.

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matt. 6:19-21

So Perry, we have a lot of good and faithful services reaching out right now, but we must remember that we always need to increase our Master’s money to continue to be faithful.

When we receive income, the first check we write should be to the Lord, the second check for our savings.

Yours in Christ
Wayne-O, Finance Chairman