A Servant

“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them.  To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.  The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

“After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’

“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!’

“The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’

“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!’

“Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

“His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed?  Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

“ ‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ Matthew 25:14-30 NIV

I lost a friend, today. One who is celebrating with Jesus and all those who have gone before him. I know in my heart that Jesus welcomed him with the words “Well done, good and faithful servant”, because that is what he was – a servant of the Lord.

His passing onward reminds me of our role in this world – to be servants – to be following Jesus in our everyday life – whatever that may be. It is allowing God to be in the lead showing us the path, showing us the gifts He has given us to use for His Glory. It is about keeping our eyes on that lighted pathway, our head held up and our steps sure.

It is not about stopping on the path, or passing the Lord on the path or shoving Him out of the way as we sprint ahead – but of stopping when He stops, walking when He walks and running when He runs. My friend was good at that. Good at walking in step with the Lord on the path set for him.

I am not saying that his path was not filled with challenges and hardships. It was. What I am saying is that he took what was given to him and in response to those challenges and hardships; he vaulted forward on the strength of Jesus. And along the way, his life touched and impacted more of God’s children than ever could be imagined.

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