His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ (Matthew 25:21)
Well done! These are the two words I want to hear at the end of my life. That glorious day that I meet my Savior face to face. I hope and I pray the words of Matthew 25 will come out of my Father’s mouth. I pray that I will hear “Well done, thy good and faithful servant.” I have been thinking a lot about these words lately and what they mean.
It seems like people are getting more and more busy. The consequence to this is that people are irritable, tired, weak, and frustrated. I see it almost daily! This brings me to the question of what is a servant supposed to do? Does a servant stay busy doing things that don’t matter? Does a servant have something on his plate every minute of the day?
Or does a servant wait? Does a servant seek God’s best? Does a servant stay available? I find that Satan is sneaky. He tries to slowly add things to our plate. Each one can be well meaning and even good at the time we say yes. But soon our plates get overloaded with things that just don’t matter. We get so busy that we don’t have time to be still, time to wait, time to pray, and time to worship.
I’m finding this out with myself as I take on new responsibilities and balance a new writing project. I’m excited to move forward in what God has for me, but at the same time I recognize that I need more time with Jesus. The more I give, the more I need to sit still before my Father. The more I spend time listening to others, the more time I need to listen to God. The more time I give to others, the more time I need to give to God. I can’t run on my own strength. I do not have enough strength to sustain me even for a day. God’s strength is what sustains me.
I need to slow down. Spend more time waiting on the presence of God so that His purpose can be made clearly known to me. So as a servant, I’m looking at life a little different. To serve my Father means I wait for His best, I look to further His Kingdom, I forsake anything that would try to entangle me and look for ways to lift God up. I need more of the Father! I need more of Jesus. I need more of the Holy Spirit’s guidance and more of God’s Word deep within my heart.
Lord, please help me to balance what You have given me. May I serve You with all my heart, soul, and strength! May I keep a clear vision on what You have called me to do while I live out my life on this earth. May I not waste my time, but may I use every minute wisely. Please help me to have a greater discipline in areas that distract me from Your best. And please help me to say “no” when I need to. I pray that I will be used to advance Your Kingdom, Your Purpose, and Your Truth. Lord, please help me be a better servant to You!
I love you Lord!