Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
No doubt, people want to be identified as good and faithful servants. What exactly does that mean as it is recorded in Matthew 25:23? What did Jesus have in mind when He spoke those words?
"Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master."
Notice Jesus did not say "good and popular servant" or "good and successful servant"? Jesus' words were "good and faithful servant." That tells us a lot about the type of servant Jesus was talking about.
Matthew 25:23 is found In the parable of the talents where two faithful servants had used the little they had been given to increase their master's wealth. When the master returned from a long absence, he rewarded those faithful servants and said to each of them, “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.”
All Christians should long to hear those words addressed to them. The relevant question is: "What are you doing to hear those words from the Master?"
1. Be Saved
In order to hear those words, one must belong to the Master. Therefore, the very first way to hear those important words is to be saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9) “to do good works” (Ephesians 2:10).
Jesus becomes your Savior once you confess with your mouth that He died and God raised Him from the dead, according to Romans 10:9-10. Then you must be faithful by allowing Him to become your Lord.
It is important to know that in order to hear what the master told his servants, you must be a servant. Unbelievers will never hear those words. Unfaithful believers will never hear those words.
2. Be Faithful
Notice that the master in the parable used the expression "faithful servant" twice to indicate its importance. Being faithful is doing what God commands you to do and refraining from doing what He commands you not to do.
Our faithfulness depends on even the little that we do for the kingdom of God.
3. Be Available
A faithful servant is also an available servant. Our appointment books are usually full with something going on every waking hour of the day and part of the night with very little time left to focus on God and the things of God. A faithful servant spends quality time with God.
We should be available to go where God sends us. We should say like Isaiah, "Here am I. Send me!" (Isaiah 6:8) and not go in the opposite direction like Jonah did when God sent him to Nineveh.
God wants availability more than ability. That's because when you are available, He will equip you along the way. When Jesus called the fishermen, they knew nothing about Him or what He expected until they had spent time with Him.
4. Be a Witness
When we get saved, we should share the gospel with others so they will know the saving power of Jesus Christ, His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension. The Bible tells us to make disciples and teach others about God and all things relating to God (Matthew 28:18-20).
We should not keep what we know about God to ourselves. We should become good witnesses before we can become good and faithful servants.
5. Practice Forgiveness
When Peter asked Jesus how many times he should forgive others, Jesus told him to forgive seventy times seven. Surely, Jesus did not mean to literally forgive 490 times and stop forgiving when that number has been reached. Instead, Jesus was indicating that Peter and the rest of us should practice forgiveness and keep on forgiving as long as we live.
According to 1 Peter 2:2, “When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to [the Father] who judges justly.”
Jesus Himself practiced forgiveness. On the cross, His first statement was "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do (Luke 23:34).
6. Show Humility
Showing humility is the opposite of being filled with pride. A person who does not demonstrate humility is one who takes credit for everything that happens to him instead of giving God all the glory.
Unless a person is humble, he will not be called a good and faithful servant. That is because he usurps all the glory that belongs to God and gives it to himself.
7. Help Others
In order to be a good and faithful servant, we must help others. First John 3:17 says, “If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?”
We should be Christlike and “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, we will fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).
Every saved person has been given spiritual gifts to be used to help others as a way to demonstrate being a good and faithful servant.
8. Participate in Spiritual Disciplines
A good and faithful servant knows he should always participate in spiritual disciplines that include praying, studying the Bible, attending church, singing, praising God, meditating, journaling and enjoying God's presence,
If you want God to refer to you as a good and faithful servant, start by doing the things listed and explained above.
- Be saved.
- Be faithful.
- Be available.
- Be a witness.
- Practice forgiveness.
- Show humility.
- Help others.
- Participate in spiritual disciplines.