Applause: Good and Faithful Servant
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.”
Recommended Reading – 1 Corinthians 4:1-2
Some investors want general results, others more specific. One investor may hand over money to a financial advisor and say, “Just produce a good return; I don’t care what you invest in.” Another investor might say, “I want to invest in a water purification device that is solar powered and easily understood by subliterate peoples.”
The Bible has examples of both. The owner-investor in Jesus’ parable in Matthew 25 expected general results from his three employees—and only two delivered. On the other hand, Potiphar, the Egyptian official, put Joseph in charge of his house and personal affairs, expecting them to be carried out a certain way (Genesis 39). And Joseph exceeded expectations. Paul summarized the responsibility of a steward: Be faithful (1 Corinthians 4:2).
God has called you to both general (be a faithful Christian) and specific (be a faithful mother/spouse/employee) tasks. In every case the goal is the same, to hear: “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
The fundamental truth in the matter of stewardship is that everything we touch belongs to God.