Father, I have brought You glory on earth by completing the work You gave me to do.  John 17:4

We have all been gifted by God and given blessings, but they have not been what we would call equally distributed. How unfair that can seem sometimes! But there is an upside to this parable in Matthew 25:14-30: the reward for good stewardship is not based on quantity. The third servant has only one talent, but the master says that the servant is only responsible for the result of investing that talent.


     This is in stark contrast to how we judge success in human terms. Don’t we win or lose based on quantity? The most runs win the game; the most money buys the most things; the most sales win the promotion; the best grades earn the scholarship, and on and on. Don’t compare yourself with those who have more—more money, more accomplishments, more gifts, more education. That kind of comparing will keep you mired in guilt and angst you can do nothing about.

     The servant with five talents was not given a greater reward than the one with two. Both were equally faithful and considered equally successful. It was the guy who did nothing at all that got in trouble. In this story the master didn’t have someone come in first place. They are not compared against each other; he compares what they achieved with where they began.

     In I Corinthians 4:2 Paul writes, “Moreover, it is required in stewards that a man be found faithful.” Faithful. We can get so run over by the messages of our culture—even our Church culture.  There is a strong message: Go big or go home.  God’s strong message? Go, be faithful, go Home. Then He will look at you and smile and say, “Well done, faithful one. Well done.”

*What area of your life is making you want to bury everything you have and just give up? Where do you feel like you are trying hard, but still failing?

God, help me overcome my tendency to compare myself to others. I will be faithful to You. I may not be strong, I may not be smart, I may not feel successful, but I can be faithful. I pray this in the name of the One who has always been faithful to me. Amen.

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