Faithfulness in doing God’s Service

Evening Devotion/ Manifestations of Faithfulness/ 200F-002 (Matt. 24:45-46)/ Key Text: “Who then is the faithful, thoughtful, and wise servant, whom his master has put in charge of his household to give to the others the food and supplies at the proper time? Blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) is that servant whom, when his master comes, he will find so doing.” (Matthew 24:45–46, AMP)

Heart Questions: [1] What are some of the manifestations of faithfulness? [2] What is the essential teaching of our Lord in this passage? [3] How does this passage relate to us today?

“In ancient times it was a common practice for masters to put one servant in charge of all the household business. The servant described as faithful and wise parallels the disciples, who were given unprecedented authority by Jesus, sharing in his very ministry. Yet it also describes those appointed to positions of leadership in the church who should be found faithfully carrying out their duties when Jesus (the master) returns. Such activity explains how Jesus’ followers can “watch” and “be ready.” These servants will be given great rewards.” [Bruce B. Barton, Matthew, Life Application Bible Commentary, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1996), 485].

Beloved, to all those who are the “do-nothings,” listen to this fearful warning when the Lord returns: “You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting;” (Daniel 5:27). On the Judgment day, these words will be uttered unto you, why? Because you knew who Jesus Christ is; you knew God’s will in your life, but you chose not to do it.

Many of us (as Adventists) have the light of Truth, we know the Bible, we have memorize it; But we are “found wanting.” We are not doing God’s will. We are not obeying His commands. We are not serious enough to follow the Lamb wherever He goes (Rev. 14:4). On Sabbath day we sing – “He leadeth me: O blessed thought” (537), but on week days, we are led by the Devil. Woe unto us!!!

When we are confronted to change our lifestyle, we say there’s no rush, after all “the Lord is delayed His coming.” Thus, we are “eating and drinking,” and “our hearts are “loaded down with carousing, and cares of this life.” Beloved, if we continue in this kind of attitude, “that Day will come on us unexpectedly/ suddenly” (Lk 21:34). And here comes the judgment: “The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 13:41–42, NKJV)

ACTION STEP: What response do you think this lesson should inspires us to do?  [1] Accountability: Who is that Faithful and Wise servant? Who can we answer this question? How many of us can faithfully answer this question? How are we committed to the sacred trust the Lord has given to us?

[2] To every local Church Workers — choir members, music directors, departmental leaders, custodians, ushers, deacon/ deaconesses, elders, evangelists, pastors, etc. Are you doing the work of the Lord to the best of your knowledge and abilities?

[3] To every Father/ Mother—God has given you an awesome responsibility: raising up your children in the fear of the Lord. Are you doing that faithfully?

[4] To some, God has given “Gifts” (faculties, talents, qualities) –prophecy, practical service, teaching, exhortation (encouraging others in faith), contributing/ giving aid or financial assistance to the needy), acts of kindness and mercy, etc. (1 Cor. 12:8–10; Rom. 12:6–8). How faithful are we in exercising those God given Gifts? Are we using them selfishly, of for His glory?

[5] To Gospel Worker (Pastors, Evangelists, Bible Workers, Colporteurs, etc.) God has called you to sound the alarm — to be watchmen on Zion’s walls (Isa. 62:6), to warn people of the dangers of sin and point them to Christ; to blow the Trumpets (Rev. 14:6-12); and prepare the World for the Second Coming. How faithful are we in this regard?

[6] To every believer, ask yourself this question: What work am I individually doing for the Master? [For Further Study: Read about the Parable of the Talents (Mt 25:14–30)]

The Appeal: It my prayer for each one of us to be faithful stewards of the Lord Jesus Christ. Beloved, our faithfulness will be rewarded. Oh listen to these beautiful, encouraging words from our Master on that Day: “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.’” (Matthew 25:21, NKJV)

Have a Good Night: If God has given you more than your neighbors, dedicate it to Christ, and realize that you are only a steward of that which God has given you—some day you will have to give an account for every penny you spent.” (Billy Graham)

The Gospel’s Voice/ Devotional Themes/ Faithfulness—living out one’s Faith in daily life / Thought # 2