“Well Done” was the title of the sermon from MT. 25:14-30. The sermon and the verses apply to those who know they are called, know their lives are a gift from God and understand accountability in the living of their lives. I have always enjoyed the play on words with responsibility; the ability to respond. Our servants who received 5, 2 or 1 talent all understood this. Laying this foundation was point one with the beautiful understanding of God knows who we are in relationship to gifting and our ability to respond to life with that gifting.
The second point centered on the servant who was only given 1 talent. Life is not fair; all men are not created equal. He got 5, he got 2 and I only got 1. The need for contentment in God’s placement and God’s calling. He received 1 and dug it in the ground and hid it. This is the place to come to an understanding of the equal importance of each one of our lives in the Kingdom of God. That day while subbing I had a kindergarten teacher talk of her sorrow of only being able to have one son because of cancer in the family and how God opened up a door of love for her when she became a kindergarten teacher. This was prompted with a talk of ministry, missionary work and waiting on God. The problem with our 1 talent man is that he saw the others increasing the Kingdom for the King, yet he refused. In his explanation he demonizes the King and throws the 1 talent back at him with “Look, there you have what is yours.” So we are left with the “wicked and lazy” “unprofitable servant”.
The third point centered on the beautiful reply from the King to the first two servants: ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ The beauty of the words describes the character of the servants (a character the King appreciated), the reward of co-ruling with Christ and the eternal reality of living with “the joy of the Lord”. Well done, life is in the doing. Good, God likes good people and finally faithful. After everything every Christian goes through and to still stand faithful is something belittled by the world but is of supreme value to the King.
I concluded talking about the life lived in accountability to God. Each day is meant to be shared with God as God works through us to further His kingdom. There is responsibility that goes with this understanding and there is ultimate freedom that we carry within ourselves even as we live lives accountable to God.