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26th May 2023


Faithfulness

Our God & Heavenly Father looks for & rewards faithfulness.
When we demonstrate faithfulness, & prove to be faithful, we will also be promoted by the Lord.
He will give us increasing Kingdom responsibilities as our faithfulness matures.
Alongside those increased responsibilities comes reward & both flow out of relationship with the Lord.
The chief reward being the joy of the Lord. This will be focus for today.


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.’ Matthew 25:20-21


Faithfulness is proved through prolonged loyalty, trustworthiness & faithful stewardship.
This is one of the teaching points of Jesus’ parable of the talents.
It took considerable time before the lord & master settled his accounts with his servants.
Likewise, the consummation (full coming) of the Kingdom of God will take time.
Our Lord & Master is looking for faithfulness over that period.
Loyal, trustworthy, faithful stewards who serve Him well in the time between times.

Loyalty & trustworthiness need to be practised continuously if we are to be faithful stewards in the service of God.
To remain faithful in over a long period takes, passion, patience & perseverance.
We must be passionate for our Lord, patient as we serve & willing to persevere over time.
God highly values faithfulness & loyalty & He readily rewards it.
On the one hand we have seen how it is kingdom promotion & increased responsibility.
On the other side of the coin, it is the reward of the joy of the Lord.
The unadulterated joy & sheer delight (holy delight) of pleasing our Father’s heart is ever reward enough.

Where there is faithfulness leading to increase the Lord brings reward.
Part of the reward is that He celebrates with us & He celebrates over us.
We get to share in the joy & delight together – Master & servant, Father & child. How good is that!!
Our Father is a good, good Father as well as being the God of abundance.
The rewards He gives reflect that & extend beyond the wonder of holy delight in blessing the Lord (Hebrews 11:6).
Those rewards are present & future, earthly & heavenly.
In our faithful service we are storing up treasure in heaven as reward (Matthew 6:19-20).
Stay loyal, keep serving, steward diligently in your service to God & others. That is the way to lay hold of the greatest of all praise.
The Father’s affirmation ‘Well done good & faithful servant’ is for loyal trustworthy, faithful sons & daughters.
Persevere & press on to lay hold of your earthly & heavenly rewards. They are the fruits of faithfulness. Hallelujah!!!

For Reflection

  • In what ways am I faithfully worshipping, witnessing & serving?
  • Am I experiencing the joy of the Lord?
  • How does it feel to know that God celebrates with me & He celebrates over me?
  • Meditate upon the rewards of faithfulness in the Lord’s service.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father, God of all faithfulness,
Thank you that You are ever faithful & always generous,
That you richly reward those that loyally & faithfully serve you.
Jesus thank you that You clearly teach me how to live well in Your kingdom,
May Your grace be upon me to keep me following & walking in Your ways.
Holy Spirit keep me patiently, passionately persevering in faithful service,
That one day I will hear that great reward “Well done good & faithful servant”.
This I ask In Jesus mighty Name.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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