The Parable of the Talents gives us a glimpse into what we should be doing while we await the return of Jesus. God has entrusted each of us with resources to invest to advance His purposes in the world. These resources include more than our finances. We must also be good stewards of our gifts and the opportunities He places before us to share and show the love of Jesus to a world in need.
The master in the story commended the servant who wisely invested the funds entrusted to him. His master called him faithful. Faithfulness can be defined as the state of being unchanging, steadfast, and found to be reliable in the duties assigned. In other words, a faithful person is a person you can count on. Jesus is telling us how to live in the last days! And our response to the reality that Christ’s return is imminent could be wrapped up in one word: Faithfulness.
God calls each of us to be faithful in three areas.
First, we are called to be faithful in the small things (Matt. 25:21). We must learn to be faithful in the small things. The big things in life are made out of little acts, little words, little thoughts. You can’t have the much without having the little.
● What small things has Good called you to do?
Second, we must be faithful in social things (Matt. 25:40). We need one another. We are called to be faithful to one another — even when it’s hard. Hebrews 10:24-25 admonish us to gather for worship because we need one another.
Donald Whitney, in his famous book Spiritual Disciplines, wrote this long before Coronavirus: “There’s an element of worship and Christianity that cannot be experienced in private worship or by watching worship. There are some graces and blessings that God gives only in the ‘meeting together’ with other believers.”
● In what ways are you remaining faithful in worship during this pandemic season?
Third, we must be faithful in spiritual things (Matt. 25:21). God wants us to be near to Him — to rise above the mess of this world and to connect regularly with Him.
● In what ways are you drawing closer to God during this pandemic season?