Faithful and Wise Slave

Matthew 24:45-46

Who then is the faithful and wise slave, whom the master has put in charge of his household, to give the other slaves their food at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom the master finds at work when he comes.

It doesn’t do any good to start as good managers if we get sloppy and don’t follow through. Setting up a budget is a start; sticking to it and making it work is financial faithfulness. Promising to give systematically is wonderful; doing it is faithfulness to the Owner. Jesus said that the faithful servant is the one whom his master found doing his job when he returned.

A pastor was asked to define “faithful church involvement.” He replied: All I ask is that we apply the same standards to our church activities that we apply to other areas of life. If your car started three out of four times, would you call it a faithful car? If your paper boy skipped Mondays and Thursdays, would you call him faithful? If you didn’t show up at work two or three times a month, would your boss call you faithful? If your refrigerator quit a day every now and then, would you say, “Oh well, it works most of the time”? If your water heater greeted you with cold water one or two mornings a week when you were in the shower, would you say it was faithful? If you miss a couple of mortgage payments in a year’s time, would your mortgage company say, “Ten out of twelve isn’t bad”? And yet we’re hit and miss about our giving, our involvement in ministry and worship, and we somehow think we’re being faithful!

When we talk about giving our life for Christ, it sounds glamorous. We think of something big, something dramatic, maybe like Corrie ten Boom’s story, or some adventurous missionary saga, maybe even martyrdom. Someone put it this way, “We think giving our all to the Lord is like taking a $1,000 bill and laying it on the table: Here’s my life, Lord. I’m giving it all.”

But the reality for most of us is that He sends us to the bank and has us cash in the $1,000 for quarters. We go through life putting out 25 cents here and 50 cents there: Listen to the hurting person’s troubles, rather than saying, “I’m too busy.” Going to a committee meeting when you’d rather stay home. Giving a cup of water to a shaky old man in a nursing home. It would be easy to go out in a flash of glory. Its harder to live faithfully little by little over the long haul.

Lord help us to be faithful for the long haul. Help us not to be too busy to serve you and get sloppy about our follow through.


Christmas Shopping online

I love Christmas shopping online.  I ended up spending $13.50 cents for one gift with Cash bucks I had for that store.  It is so much easier and I can sip my coffee as I go.

The war between stores has begun, and free shipping is everywhere.  

You know Christmas is usually a exciting time for me, but I am on a budget this year.  So the budget makes it a little more restrictive.  It also gives me a chance to home in my saving skills.  

I also have this adventure that I am on and it is a restrictive thing too…. but it helps me to home in my patience and persistence   

I just looked up a powerful verse.  On a side note – I just love – because I can look up verses, based on my feelings or thoughts for today.

Romans 5:2-4

2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we[a] boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we[b] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope.

I may not be suffering in the way that Paul talks about in Romans, but I am sure that if I suffering a little bit with my savings and my food – I’ll produce this perseverance he is talking about and this builds my character, which produces more hope for me.   Paul – thank you for knowing what we need to hear and listen too… even 2000+ years later.  Amen for Christ Jesus – who gives us strength to keep going.

Happy Christmas Shopping my friends and Medifast Rocks this week!  The adventure continues.