Well Done, Good & Faithful Servant
Every faithful Christian longs for the day when he can hear the Lord say, “Well done, good and faithful servant;…Enter into the joy of your lord” (Matt. 25:21). However, in the context of Matthew 25, not all of God’s servants received this praise. What is it that allowed two of God’s servants to hear this wonderful proclamation and one to hear the said words, “Cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matt. 25:21).
To enter into the joy of the Lord, we must be faithful servants. The idea of faithful implies that we are willing to follow the Lord’s commands. Jesus himself said, “Not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter into heaven, but he who does the will of my father who is in Heaven” (Matt. 7:21).
To enter into the joy of the Lord I must use my talents wisely. Our Lord said, “ to whom much is given, much will be required” (Luke 12:48). A servant of the Lord cannot squander the abilities and talents he has been blessed with. In fact, the one talent man was condemned because he did not make his talents grow as he should have. Instead of using his talents he buried them in the ground due to fear of the Master. As good servants of God, we must take what we have been blessed with and use it for God’s glory.
God wants every person to go to Heaven (1 Tim. 2:4-6). Yet, Jesus made it clear that few will find the way to Heaven (Matt. 7:13-14). The reason some may be lost is due to a lack of faithfulness to the Lord. On the Day of the Lord’s return will you hear the words “Well done, good & faithful servant”? May God help each of us to prepare ourselves to serve the Master!