|"His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'" |
|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. |
|"His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful slave You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.'" |
|Matthew 25:21 |
The story of the talents (Matt. 25:14-30) is about the kingdom of heaven (25:14), but it offers an important lesson about success. God measures our success not by what we have, but by what we do with what we have-for all that we have is a gift from Him. We are really only managers to whom He has entrusted resources and responsibilities. The key thing He looks for is faithfulness (25:21, 23), doing what we can to obey and honor Him with whatever He has given us. We may or may not be "successful" as our culture measures success, in terms of wealth, prestige, power, or fame. In the long run that hardly matters. What counts is whether we have faithfully served God with what He has entrusted to us.
Word in life study Bible . 1997, c1996 (electronic ed.) (Mt 25:14). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.