Matthew 25: 21 – ‘His lord said unto him, Well done, thou 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’.
God is not unjust. If we can only realize this, we would be better off. When God requires your time so He can work through you, it is not the time to begin to count all the ‘better’ things you supposedly can be doing with your time.
This must have been what the 3rd servant who had received 1 talent from his master must have thought (Matthew 25: 14 – 30). Much like the mentality a lot of us operate with. All year, we have been waiting for just a little time to have time for the things we care about. The opportunity finally surfaces, the boss is out of town without a definite return date, Jackpot!
Finally, we can work on our own businesses. But just before leaving, the boss calls you and hands you a very difficult task to accomplish. Your colleagues take this in good faith, but you are having nothing of it. Now, your colleagues that chose to take on the assignment, it’s not as though they did not have anything better to do, but they had been given an assignment. They forsook all and focused on that assignment.
Now look at the example in Luke 5: 1 – 5 of the fishermen. Peter and his colleagues had toiled all night and had failed to catch a single fish. They had already called it a night, when Jesus asked them to go back in. What did they do? Did they lament that they were tired and just wanted to sleep on their empty stomachs? Not at all. They pushed the boats back in and waited till Jesus was done.
When Jesus was done with what He wanted to do. He didn’t say bye! He attended to their own needs. You always have to attend to the needs of the kingdom before your own needs.
The 1st and 2nd servants after doing their masters bidding were launched into unprecedented physical wealth. Peter after doing the master’s bidding was launched not only into physical wealth, but also spiritual wealth (Luke 5: 10 – 11).
Your business or the Father’s business?