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Joy of your master | Matthew 25:14-23

14 “For it is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves and entrusted his possessions to them. 15 To one he gave five [ c ]talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey. 16 The one who had received the five talents immediately went and did business with them, and earned five more talents. 17 In the same way the one who had received the two talents earned two more. 18 But he who received the one talent went away and dug a hole in the ground, and hid his [ d ]master’s money.

19 “Now after a long time the master of those slaves *came and *settled accounts with them. 20 The one who had received the five talents came up and brought five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you entrusted five talents to me. See, I have earned five more talents.’ 21 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 the joy of your [ e ]master.’

22 “Also the one who had received the two talents came up and said, ‘Master, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have earned two more talents.’ 23 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 the joy of your master.’

Matthew 25:14-23 (NASB) 中文

Faithful, conscientious servants

Jesus just shared a parable about the foolish 5 bridesmaids to show a practical side to being ready for His second appearing. In today’s passage He uses another parable to show the reckoning we can expect at His return. 

According to their ability

Each was given “according to their ability”. We don’t want to miss this. The master knows the servants and what they can handle. Even one talent was a huge sum so these are likely trusted servants. 

The first two servants were faithful and conscientious. They acted immediately and responsibly and, according to the character of their master. In the context of Jesus’ teaching, we would say they knew the master was returning so they took action and were productive with His business while they waited. The 3rd took the money and hid it. We’ll see the consequences tomorrow.

Joy of your master

The two faithful servants get to receive more responsibilities. Some of us may think this is not a reward. But in the Heavenly economy, in service to God, this should be our goal. More than that, they “enter the joy of [their] master.” What do you think this is? This article by John Piper helps us understand and takes us to a key scripture: “In your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11)

Piper goes on to write, “God has always had supreme pleasure in his Son. And the Son has had pleasure in the Father (John 14:31). Therefore, when salvation was designed by God, the aim of it was to bring redeemed human beings into that very pleasure.” Hence our text: “Enter the joy of your master.”

RЯeflection

  • “In the application of this parable it is appropriate to see these talents as life resources – such as time, money, abilities, and authority.” (enduringword.com) Each of us is given “according to our ability”. Our job is what? To be faithful with what we have. We’re not expected to do more than asked. Rest in that. Yet we must be faithful. Are we?
  • Do you think much about the end times and life after death? Heaven is real. We will not be floating around with wings and harps. I think Jesus is clear that we will have responsibilities and rewards – based on how we serve now, and according to our abilities. Do you want to, “enter the joy of your Master”?
Billy Graham lifting arms to Jesus. Image from desiringgod.org

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