Luke 19:17 NKJV — “And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.’
I love this story.
Jesus told this story and it’s truth is as vital today as then.
The Lord has used it as an example of what fear will do if left unchecked.
The servant who only had one pound allowed fear to keep him from using the little he had been given. (Luke 19:20-21)
Thus, in the end he lost everything. (Luke 19:24)
God has used this story to teach me the importance of faithfulness.
Each servant was given a different amount and the master called even the largest portion “very little”.
It’s not about what God places in my care, it’s about my faithfulness in how I use what He’s given.
Especially, in the small things.
The Lord reminded me of all these truths yesterday.
I was watering our bush rose, (the one in the photograph) and was suddenly struck by the tiny beauty of something so small.
Because I nearly threw this little plant out last September.
It was looking very bad, as if it’s death was imminent, but I prayed about it and felt I should not throw it away.
Instead, I took it in the house.
Where it promptly dropped nearly all it’s leaves.
Again, I prayed about throwing it away, because it was dieing.
Yet, I couldn’t get peace with that, so I gave it more attention and changed where it was located.
Then, we began to prepare to move and I asked our son to take it to a different room and be in charge of watering it, which he did very well.
When my husband brought the plant to our current home I didn’t recognize it at first.
Not only had it grown all it’s leaves back, it had new growth and buds!
It has a place in our dining room and we all enjoyed the Christmas roses, for it was on December 25 they decided to open.
All of this came to mind yesterday.
Our son was faithful in the little task of watering and his faithfulness was used to bless the whole family.
I want to be faithful in all things.
I want to hear from my Master, “well done good servant”.
May our hearts and minds be humbly submitted to our Lord Jesus that we might use the little He has given to bless His holy name.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for this story, which teaches us so much. Lord, help us to be wise and to walk in Your ways. Lord, whatever little things You have placed in our care, please help us to be discerning and to use it for Your glory, not for ourselves, not for status, worthlessness, or selfish ambition. Lord, give each one of us the ability, understanding, and clarity of truth to live in faithfulness to You and Your Word and Your will. Lord, I want to hear “well done good and faithful servant”, please make me more like You each day that I might use those things You have given for Your glory. Thank You. Amen.