Matthew 25:23 (WEB): His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things. I will set you over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord’

Rose was excited with the recent turn of events. She had received her largest commission yet from the marketing firm she worked with, Johnson had finally proposed over the weekend, and she was now staring at the letter of appointment to a bigger firm she had always dreamt of working with. She was giddy with joy.

She dialed Mena, her closest buddy, to share the good news with her but was less than impressed with her reception. Mena was excited for Rose but then she began to bring to Rose’s attention that the conditions of her appointment were going to mean that she would have little or no time for the service to God and even for herself. Rose protested that it didn’t matter because she will still be able to do a lot of good and charitable works with her new salary.

Who exactly is a good servant? What makes a servant good?

When considering matters of scripture, it is supremely important that we endeavor to mine the definition and description of words and concepts from the scripture itself and not from secular and popular usage.

The idea of ‘good’, as used in our text to describe the servant, refers not to a servant who has done charitable acts or one who has done “good things”, rather, it refers to a servant who is being true to his nature of being a servant the way the master wants, designed and desires him to be.

It is why one servant could be in the wilderness eating wild honey and locusts and garbed in raiment of camel’s hair preaching while another will be in the cities and towns teaching, preaching, and healing many and both would be good servants.

Being a good servant is about being true to the call of the Master. Jonah could do all charitable works and even tell the men of Tarshish tales of Yahweh and still not be good, this is because his call, and indeed his Master, demanded that he go to Nineveh and proclaim to them the word of the Lord. It is not about what you do, it is about being true to the call and demands of God upon your life.

Go into today determined to settle for nothing less than to fully follow the call and plan of God for your life.

—Ikechukwu Mpama

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