“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful and trustworthy over a little, I will put you in charge of many things; share in the joy of your master.’
Matthew 25:21 AMP
Over the weekend, Saturday precisely, we held a retreat which also doubled as our first meeting of the year for my church’s evangelism department. During the retreat, the Hod spoke on faithfulness and the importance of accountability. As I sat there soaking in every word of admonition, I could not help but hear the silent jab, easy to miss thought which read the words, ’Have you been faithful?’
Holy Spirit, are we doing this now?
He brought to mind, a time I was praying for an increase in a particular area. I constantly prayed and pleaded until one day, God asked me if I would be able to handle it when it comes. He said, have you been showing up consistently with the plants you have now? Have you been pruning and grooming? Can I trust you to handle more?
This stopped me from praying further about it. I retreated, did a thorough evaluation, saw areas I lagged and decided to put in more than I initially did. And even without any further prayer, the increase I had desired came.
It felt like God was waiting for me to put in more before He would release more to me.
The earth runs on the faithfulness of God. We expect the sun to rise in the mornings and set at dusk. The rains have its season and the dryness has a season too. Our faith is built on our confidence in the reliability of God, trusting that He will do what He says He would do. If God has remained steadfast in His ways towards us, don’t we think He expects the same from us since we are made in His image?
Christians are stewards here on earth to carry out the wishes of the Master while we await His return.
Faithfulness is about doing the right thing when no one is watching or regardless of prevailing circumstances. It is remaining true to your source.
Have you been true to God?
Have you truly unfolded and put to good use every deposit in you which would be highly beneficial to the kingdom?
One thing we must understand is everyone who has been posted to this earth has been entrusted with talents from the Maker to be used as a tool for the furtherance of the work of the kingdom. Using our talents to serve others is proof of our commitment to obey God ’s word.
It is a duty we must fulfil. We have been given the gospel, time, resources and opportunities and God expects a return on His investment. God wouldn’t give us more if we do nothing with what we have already been given.
We may wish we had greater influence, larger stage or bigger job in order to be significant in this world but God sees our efforts with the little opportunities he has presented to us.
As much as you may desire more followings to your blog, the number you have now, how well are you taking care of them?
Do you have the talent to convince people? Don’t you think it would be useful in evangelism?
Do you discharge your duties with a sense of responsibility?
Though the third person didn’t lose his talent, neither was it sown. So there was no chance for the seed to germinate and multiply.
We can be likened to farmers in the kingdom of God, who have been given seeds to plant, water, watch it sprout and yield fruits which will be to the benefit of others and satisfaction of the One who gave us the seeds.
“In this case, moreover, it is required [as essential and demanded] of stewards that one be found faithful and trustworthy.”
1 Corinthians 4:2 AMP
A faithful servant must be:
Loyal -Are you with God today and tomorrow you are not even sure where you stand?
Dependable– Can you be counted upon at any time?
Resourceful – Do you always see obstacles as problems or pathways to opportunities for service?
Consistent – Do you show up when it is required or just when it is convenient for you?
Humble – Only the meek can truly serve another. For in service to humanity, we proclaim the gospel of the love of God.
Selfless – Do you always put your needs and comfort above that of the kingdom?
Perseverance – A faithful steward is in who can bear sufferings and persecution in the name of Christ without having to waver or be shaken.
That being said,
How can we stay faithful?
Recognise the role of the Saviour in our lives and submit our ways and thoughts to Him so He can use us for His glory.
Start from where you are
You have a voice, use it.
Decide to be intentional about commitment in our walk with God.
Faithfulness to Him is in our obedience to follow him even though we might not understand the whole process. It is in seeking His face at every turn and bend, thirsting to know His heart and follow His leading. It is having the consciousness of accountability for God is a businessman who demands returns on investment.
Faithfulness gives us the boldness to place a demand on the inheritance which has been made available to us in Christ Jesus.
Good enough, we have the Holy Spirit in us to keep us on track. He would be our strength when we are weak and teach us to walk on the path of faithfulness. The Holy Spirit in us would empower us to produce fruits of faithfulness if we let Him.
We must also remember not to use the worldly scorecard to judge our service. It is only God that can truly know the weight and sacrifice of our faithfulness so what may look inconsequential to the human eye might be huge before God and what we think will attract a huge handshake from God do not actually mean anything.
We are judged according to the capacity of the ability He had placed in us. He would not give you 1 and expect a 5 from you neither would He be happy if you turn in lesser than you have been endowed.
Never compare your progress with another. Leave the weighing to God
In the end, we are all judged according to what we did with what we had.
“So do not go on passing judgment before the appointed time, but wait until the Lord comes, for He will both bring to light the [secret] things that are hidden in darkness and disclose the motives of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God.”
1 Corinthians 4:5 AMP
Dear Friends, think about it! Have you been faithful with the little you have been called to do?
Make up your mind.
You are loved💜💙💚