Think about it…
We put more value on ownership rather than our relationships….
We laid more weights on the world rather than on God’s words..
We pay more attentions on the things that are just trivial rather than what is essential….
We fight for our own rights but neglected others need and their plight..
We defend and stand with our pride but fail to understand the feeling of the other side..
We desire to make life more easy and simple yet the more it becomes complex..
The more we settle with our selfish ambitions, the more we are stuck to our own destruction..
Then ask ourselves….what are those things that we regret today because we choose to exchange it with something less?
Things we traded in exchange of our honor and dignity…
REMAIN FAITHFUL AND FINDS FAVORS
His master said, “well done, good and faithful servant. You were faithful with few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your Master.
What comes to our mind about highly favor?
Maybe it’s about blessing, an unprecedented favor or approval. To be able to receive this favor, there is a requirement that we need to pass the test.
We need to be a faithful servant of God.
Mother Theresa said “We are called to be faithful and not successful.”
ENTER INTO THE JOY OF OUR MASTER
In Mt 25:21 says “ you are faithful with few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your Master.’.
Our faithfulness brings favor.
Our faithfulness brings joy to our Master and if we delight ourselves in God, He will give us the desires of our heart.
Our faithfulness is a seed that if we nurture and let it grow, the fruit of this seed we will harvest in due time.
A harvest without measure because WE ENTER THE JOY OF OUR MASTER.
In Cor 4:2 “the one thing required of such servant is that they be faithful to their Master.’
HOW WE COULD BE FAITHFUL AND FIND FAVOURS
1. FIND SO DOING WHEN HE COMES
The greatest challenge of being faithful is to keep doing without other observing.
We continue to work even without our boss.
It is our dedication and devotion even without our earthly master watching us.
That is why, a faithful servant required no more camera to watch over us but that camera is for security purpose and not to monitor an employee.
Mt 24:45-46 Who is then a faithful slave? Blessed is the slave whom his master FIND SO DOING WHEN HE COMES, truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions.
We continue to do our work with diligence with our master’s absence.
It’s rather good to know that people are working in my absence rather than only being busy in my presence.
If you are faithful in your rehearsal, you do more good in your recital.
We don’t need someone to applause nor motivate us because as a servant, it is our duty to fulfill the work given to us even when nobody is around us.
The master of the slave will come on a day when he does not expect him at an hour he does not know.
- ACCOMPLISH THE MASTER EXPECTATIONS
It is in our fidelity that work is completed.
It is in our faithfulness that mission is accomplished.
At the end of every accomplishment, we will be judge of is the end results.
We will be measured by our fruits.
Mt. 25:26 But the Master answered said to him, “ you wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where did I not sow and gather where I do not scattered; then you ought to put my money in the bank and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest.”
In our fidelity, we ought to be trustworthy in cultivating the free gift of God’s grace He has given us.
When God has given us talents, He expected us to use that for something greater that bring value; which brings glory to His Name.
Success in many cases we conform to what the world expect from us but FAITHFULNESS is doing what God expect from us.
- VALUE OUR COVENANT
In Gen 28:20 Jacob made a vow that if God will be with him on his journey and bless him till he came back to his father’s house safely then the Lord will be his God. He set a pillar of stone, to indicate that it was God’s house and surely all the blessings he will received will give the tenth back to God.
We give importance to our promise to God when we say yes to the Lord.
We honor our words as God honor his words.
Like a husband to his wife, marriage is a covenant and a promise of commitment that only death could separate them apart.
When we are faithful, we pledge our loyalty that we will give God what belongs to Him.
Our life He created and we are His. It is just proper and fitting that all in us we offer as living sacrifice to Him who is worthy of every praise and reverence.
- OBEDIENCE EVEN IN OUR INCONVENIENCE
Our faithfulness does not demand convenience.
We are faithful because we are highly favored, because we are extremely blessed.
Miracles happen when we are in our inconvenience.
True fidelity demands our outright obedience even when we are in the midst of our inconvenience.
Take your part in suffering as a loyal soldier of Jesus Christ.
We cannot serve God only in our convenience. A slave does not demand convenience before he obeys his master.
We remain faithful even it this means to carrying our own crosses. Mt 16:24 says if we want to follow Him, we carry our cross.
We obey even if it does not pleases us nor pleases others. What is important we please the one whom we are serving- our Master.
Our service does not conform to our terms but in accordance to God’s terms.
- UN-COMPROMISED SERVICE
Our faithfulness doesn’t die instantly nor weary overtime.
A servant doesn’t weary in his loyalty.
We don’t settle for less but rather always look for the best.
We remain constant in our fervor, our zeal and enthusiasm even when things get rough and events are not in our favor.
If we are for God, we remain for God alone.
As St Paul to Timothy, a soldier does not mingle or busy with civilian works but rather busy and alert every time
We don’t exchange our service for something less. We don’t trade our faith for something temporary.
We should remain in our relationship with our Master even when they are trying to change our belief.
Servant should remain uncompromising keeping our integrity intact.
- REPAY THE FAVOR WE RECEIVED ( Be Grateful)
“Much is required whom much is given; much is required from the person to whom much more is given.”
A faithful servant is grateful. It is just worthy that we received favor, we return that favor to others.
Remember the parable when the master forgiven his slave who owes him but later on was sent to prison. Why? Because when that slaves was forgiven, when he saw a fellow slaves who also owes him, he failed to forgive his fellow slaves but rather so arrogant with him.
When we receive the favor, we translate that into goodness and kind works not only to the master but to our fellow and to our neighbors.
A life of a faithful servant is a life of gratitude.
Magdalene was so faithful to Jesus that she even spent her expensive perfume to Jesus feet. That faithfulness does not end by pouring it to Jesus feet but till the foot of the cross, Magdalene was there pouring her tears.
- SUCCESS FINDS THE FAITHFUL
Our faithfulness brings to promotion to a higher degree.
You were faithful in few things; I will put you in charge of many things.
It is not the worldly acclaim, wealth nor possessions, nor reputation or our positions will be the criteria of judging individual success.
Success is not our business; it is God’s business to ensure that we succeed. Our business is to be faithful.
Man plans his ways but God direct his steps.
A faithful servant needs not to bother how he will be successful for success find the faithful.
Joseph had reached the highest position, distinction, honor and prestige in the land of Egypt because he passed the test of faithfulness not only to his earthly masters but above all to Sovereign Master.
He was highly favored because he was faithful.
His success was the results of his fidelity and loyalty to an earthly and heavenly Master.
Success mostly draws us to think about ourselves but faithfulness is drawing us near to the God who called us.
If we pleases the master that we serving, the joy that we bring is a blessing that we will be reap overflowing.
In summary we could be highly favored servant by our faithfulness and this will bring us favors:
- Find so doing when he comes
- Accomplishes the Master expectations
- Value our covenant
- Obedience even in our inconvenience
- Uncompromising service
- Repay the favors we received
- Success finds the faithful
May your happiness be full as you remain faithful,