THE STEWARDS REWARD Matthew 25:21-23
His lord said unto him, Well done, 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. (v23)
Doing is a servant’s language of devotion. In heaven, more opportunity to do God’s will through loving service will be our highest reward. Exactly how much opportunity will faithful steward receive in heaven? So much that in the upside – down kingdom of heaven, the highest word for serving is ruling. We can trace this surprising reversal to the Garden of Eden. Remember that at Creation God made both woman and man for a particular task – to serve His creation. Jesus confirmed this purpose when He told His disciples that their reward in heaven for serving Him here would be to sit on twelve thrones and judge the tribes of Israel. (Matthew 19:28) Ruling in heaven will have nothing in common with the corruption and manipulation we’re so used to seeing in display of power on earth! When the curse of sin is removed and you and I are restored to our creation purpose, we will be free to rule for God to our fullest powers while bringing only the highest good to ourselves and to others. Ruling is also the reward for serving we see in Jesus’ parables of faithful stewards. Serve faithfully here, rule perfectly there. My friend, I challenge you to see your true calling today and to seize the opportunity that is right in front of you. Don’t waste another day living less. Your commission for Jesus is as big as the world (Mark 16:15) Jesus will tell you “Well done, good and faithful servant… enter into the joy of your Lord (Bruce Wilkinson)
PRAYER LINE: Father, please teach us to acknowledge that You own everything. Help us to use the resources You have endowed us with in accordance to Your will.
The faithful steward has a just reward.