Scripture | Matthew 25:23
“ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ ”
In this parable, God gives talents to three of His servants; each according to their own ability. Two of the servants use their abilities to double what God had given them; but one hid their talent. A superficial reading would imply that God showed more favor to the one He gave the most money to. This is not the case. When you have multiple children, it is obvious that there are differences in ability as well as maturity. Although you love them all the same, as a parent, you use wisdom and knowledge when dealing with them. You know that one may be have the maturity and problem solving skills to stay out later, handle certain chores and responsibilities within the household; or be able to maximize funds provided for college or to become financially independent. God knows us just that way…even better. He didn’t favor one servant over another. He called all three of them “servants.” God referred to what He had given to each of them as “a few things”; and the two that pleased Him, He gave the same reward. Two of the servants fulfilled their potential and purpose in God and both pleased God equally. To both servants, God gave the very same answer…”Well done!” They both received the same reward…the kingdom of Heaven! Now, they weren’t just ordinary servants. God called them, “good and faithful’.
The third servant was so obsessed with the fact that he didn’t receive from God what the other two had, that he completely dismissed what God had given him at all. We are not all going to receive the same from God; but everything we have…our abilities and our blessings…all come from God. He knows what we can handle and when we can handle it. God knows what’s best and we shouldn’t question His will. I don’t know about you, but when I look at my paycheck…I see “a few things.” Today’s economic climate seems like a never ending snow storm. Sometimes it feels like I can only take care of a “few things” because my expenses outweigh my means at times. This is where we please God by trusting Him. We are faithful servants when we exercise our faith by being obedient. Tithing is a command. It doesn’t matter how much you earn, 10% should be given back to God. All of it first belonged to Him. His love and grace caused Him to transfer ownership over to us. We should be faithful stewards over it. That means trusting God completely and not comparing ourselves to others and what others have. God requires so little and yet we receive so much in return. The promises He has made to the tither far outweigh the 10% that we give.
Father God, thank You for all that You have given me. Every blessing comes from You and no good thing have You withheld from me. Help me to trust You by being obedient to Your command of tithing. In Jesus’ name, Amen.