““For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.
“So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’
“Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’
“But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.
‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’” Mt. 25:14-30
Faithful isn’t about more. It’s about Christ.
Why did these words come to me early one morning as I sat atop my little hotel bed with my Bible open? Because the Spirit of God was illuminating to me how much I have struggled with the worldly mentality and way of thinking that more is always better. Even in my relationship with the Lord and my ministry work.
Examples? The more of the Bible I read, the better. The more cities I go to in my ministry work, the better. The more people God reaches through me, the better. The more people that read what I write, the better. The more I cross off my mental to-do list for the Lord, the better. The more quickly I change, the better. The more I accomplish in a given day, the better. The more people I share the Gospel with, the better. The more “I do for God”, the better. More, more, more.
The Spirit of God wanted me to see what matters to God isn’t more, but faithful. How so? God’s desire is that we love and serve Him with all our hearts, that we please, honor, praise, worship, serve, obey, and glorify Him. But what this looks like in a given day, not to mention in a given life, is UP TO HIM. Being faithful to Him and striving to bring Him pleasure and joy, to adore Him and to be in His presence, to seek Him in prayer and in His Word and to obey what He tells us, to experience and enjoy fellowship with Him through faith in Christ, is this not God’s desire?
God may desire we speak to only one person about Christ today, and obedience to Him in this is more important than sharing the Gospel with 100 people today. But if He wants us to share the Gospel with 100 people today, then that should be our goal. To be faithful. To the Lord. To do His will. Day by day. No matter how little or how much He may want from us.
God may put two things on our to-do list today, or He may fill our schedules with a zillion things to glorify Him. It should never be about the amount, no matter how little or much, but instead about being faithful to Him.
Our modern-day culture is so much about more, isn’t it? The more, the better. But not so in God’s Kingdom. It’s not about the amount, but about being faithful. And about the heart with which we serve Him. To love Him should be our highest aim. With all our hearts. To serve Him should go hand-in-hand with loving Him. In faithful, humble obedience and devotedness. More than anything, to live and grow in His presence, to sit at His feet, to commune with Him, to grow closer to Him and Him to us, this we should hunger and thirst for as we passionately pursue Him with faithful hearts.
No matter how much the Lord desires of you today, and tomorrow, and in all the time He gives you on this earth, no matter the amount, let it not be about the amount, but about Christ – and about being faithful to Him in loving commitment as you live to love and worship and serve Him forevermore, AMEN!
In the scriptures above, please note Jesus’ response to the two people who invested the talents their master gave them and ended up with more. They both invested all they were given, though they were given a different amount. They both ended up with a different amount. But their master honored them equally! The one their master didn’t honor was the man who didn’t invest what he had been given at all. Their master wasn’t focused on the amount he had given them, nor on how much they ended up with, but instead on the fact two of the men FAITHFULLY invested all! It wasn’t about more. It was about humbly devotedly faithfully obeying their master! It was about their faithfulness. They were wholeheartedly dedicated to pleasing their master. They were faithful!
It’s not about more, friend. It’s about Christ – and choosing to be wholeheartedly dedicated to pleasing our master – now and forever, AMEN!