I’ve read the Parable of the Three Servants countless times, in several different translations over the years, but this morning I discovered something new. In Matthew 25:23, Jesus is telling us – yes, this is Jesus telling the story (sometimes I forget that!) of the Master’s response to the second servant, who had received two bags of silver to invest and earned two more.
The master said, “Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!” NLT
If you back up to verse 21 – which I blazed by without noticing, the master gave the very same response to the first servant who was entrusted with five bags of silver and earned five more on that investment. Let’s celebrate together? Seriously? I never saw those words before. I imagine they have been overshadowed by the more familiar “shoot for the stars, you have arrived” spiritual quest in being graced with the words “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” And then there is the underpinning of shame I feel at not having handled my personal finances responsibly over the years, and the fear that God will never entrust me with anything bigger.
The Message paraphrases Matthew 25:23 this way –
His master commended him: ‘Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.’
Good work! I love that! It doesn’t have to be perfect work, I don’t have to master the job, prove myself completely responsible -whether we’re talking finances or career, ministry or personal relationships. I just have to do it well, and that alone is cause for celebration with the one true Master.
And the best part of all? God wants me to be His partner – He always has, always will. He just wants me to do my part – my imperfect, sometimes irresponsible, miss-the-mark part, so that He can fill in the spaces and allow me to gain victory over even the smallest things in my life through Him. That is great cause for celebration, and even in that our Master says “Let’s celebrate together!”
In what area of your life will you let the Master partner with you today, and then celebrate together?