Matthew 25:22,23: The servant with the two thousand showed how he also had doubled his master’s investment. His master commended him: ‘Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.’
Jesus is telling a story here about people who were given money for which they were responsible. Two traded with the money (like the person mentioned above) and one just hid it to keep it safe. One of the interesting things about this story is the reward that the trading servants received- more responsibility. We would rather have a vacation or a party, and those can be great things. But Jesus says these folks were given the opportunity to be a bigger part of the action. Athletes understand this. They want to carry the ball more or be up to bat with the winning run on base or take the winning shot with time running out. Artists understand this. They want their success to lead to new opportunities for creativity. According to Jesus, life with God is like that. Finding joy in what God is doing and seeking to be faithful to the role we’ve been given. Even with setbacks and challenges living this way is full and rich. Too many people live their lives each day wishing they were somewhere else, with someone else, doing something else. I’ve been there and done that myself. It’s not a great way to live. This week look at your life from the perspective of what God is doing in you and those around you. See if there isn’t some goodness in living this way that you’ll want to be a bigger part of!