“His lord said to him, ‘Well [done], good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few Things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.” ~Matthew 25:21
“Enter into the joy of the Lord”, now there’s a place I wanna be. My problem is that sometimes I can confuse relief for trust. A temporary escape from my circumstances may give me some relief but Jesus wants us to enter into the Joy of the Lord. This may start off looking like anything but fun.
Now this parable given by Jesus is built on a principle of faith. The more I trust God at His word the more joy I will experience from the power of the Holy Spirit which in return offers more opportunity to trust.
The premise of climbing a ladder of success in most cases in the work place are based on our dependability and work ethic. Jesus is using an earthly story to illustrate a spiritual lesson. Are you trustworthy?
God rewards those who are faithful. Throughout my life God seeks to grow me in faith. He will continually bring me to times when I must trust Him. He will lead me into situations that require a “little” faith, and if I’m faithful, He will then take me into situations that require even greater trust in Him. Each time I’m able to trust God at a higher level He will reveal more of Himself to me. My faith and experiencing God are directly linked. All that He is asking is to grow something that He already gave us.
The best way to tell if I’m prepared for a greater revelation of God is to see how faithful I have been with what God has given me. This is a foundational principle in God’s relationships with us: If I have been faithful with the little He has given me, I am ready to be entrusted with more. If I failed to trust God with the little He gave me, He will not trust me with more and He will not lead me beyond my present level of trust and obedience to Him. He will return me to my area of unfaithfulness until I’m prepared to trust Him. The children of Israel were unwilling to trust God to lead them into the Promised Land, and their generation never again was able to move forward with Him.
We stand at an exciting new door of opportunity to know God more intimately every time we believe Him. Every step of faith leads us to a deeper relationship of faith with Him. It is an open invitation to know God more intimately. “Taste and see that the Lord is good” and who knows, “A Little Can Lead to a Lot”.
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob is married to Terri, he is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events.
Daily Quote: “We shall be quiet from the fear of evil, for no threatenings of evil can penetrate into the high tower of God.” ~Hannah Whitall Smith
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
Seek the Lord while He may be found,
Call upon Him while He is near.. ~Isaiah 55:6