Earlier this week, my chronological reading of the Bible brought me to the parable of the talents, in which two servants wisely invested funds given to them by their master, while one servant did not. When the master returned from a long journey, he discovered the results of his servants’ investments.
To the wise investors, he said,
Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. – Matthew 5:21
I parked on that verse for a while, because it occurred to me for the first time what Jesus, as represented by the master, did not say.
“You completed perfectly every project that you ever began. You signed up for every ministry opportunity at church. You were a flawless parent and loving spouse. Your house was always clean, and your attitude was always positive.
“You did it all! Well done!”
I’m so glad that Jesus was pleased with the servants who were faithful in just a few things.
For me, those few things are maintaining my relationship with God, homeschooling and parenting my kids, providing them and my husband with a loving, supportive atmosphere at home, working in the children’s ministry at my church, and writing.
I have other interests and ministry opportunities, but I generally have to set those aside during the months school is in session. With two juniors and a fifth grader, this year has been the busiest yet, and I’ve been a bit frustrated at the lack of time for, well, pretty much anything else.
But my frustration is always short-lived. I know that I’m meant to do just a few key tasks right now, tasks that are essential to the people I love most.
I’m called to be faithful to complete them, investing my time wisely and well, for results in eternity.
What are the “few things” God has called you to be faithful to? I welcome your input.