A Loyal Employee
“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, NIV)
Loyalty and faithfulness are foundational building blocks that establish trust. Trust seems like a faded memory from a distant world of both work and family relationships. I remember when companies were loyal and trusted employees, and when employees were loyal and trustworthy. Marriages lasted a lifetime. Today, it’s rare to meet a person who keeps his word and honors a promise or commitment. When it happens we’re surprised, especially when a long period of time has passed.
Strong feelings of selfishness and entitlement run rampant in our society. Courts are filled with lawsuits among former business partners, feuding neighbors, doctors and patients, and family members arguing over the merits of a parent’s last will. Sadly, even among Christians 50% of marriages end in divorce. We easily and carelessly discard relationships and things we own. Why? Because so few of us understand stewardship, practice it, or would receive the feedback we see in this verse.
As Christians, we must come to understand that God owns everything. We’re simply stewards, temporary caretakers of our bodies, talents, gifts, resources, even this planet we call home. It’s time we wake up and ask ourselves:
(1) Am I taking care of God’s possessions? (2) Have I been a loyal and faithful (trustworthy) steward? (3) Do I regularly seek God’s direction as to what He wants me to do with His stuff?” In the midst of this self-examination, find comfort in the fact that God is faithful, even when we are not.
Child of God, I encourage you to be loyal and faithful in every area of your life. Operate in a spirit of excellence. Make a commitment to be on time (early is better), refuse to bend the rules or take advantage of others. Show God, your spouse and children, boss and coworkers that you can be counted on. Choose to live according to His Word and become a faithful steward over all that God has entrusted to you.
Lord, thank you for your faithfulness. Jesus, teach me to be a good and faithful steward at all times. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.