On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 108: Well Done!

“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.”  (Matthew 25: 23 RSV)

The Parable of the Talents is one of the several parables relating to stewardship in the New Testament. Christ tells an inquiring scribe and his disciples in another parable that there are two great commandments, love the Lord God with all your heart and being and love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12: 29-31). Christ goes on to say that there are no commandments greater than these two.

If you love somebody will you not take care of that person? Will you not be happy when they are happy, sad when they are sad? Will your heart not break when their heart breaks? Will you not DO everything possible to help that person you love? The key word here is DO, just as in the scripture verse above. Christ says, “well done” to the faithful servant. He did what was asked of him.

Notice that in the parable, Christ does not say, “Well said, well planned, well thought, or well-intended.”  He says, “WELL DONE.”  What will Christ say to you when you stand before Him? And we will all stand before His judgment.

Have you done what our Master has asked us to do? Have you given back a portion of what Christ has given you in time, talents and resource so that it might multiply and bear fruit? You, brothers and sisters, will have to stand before Christ and answer that question.

How DO you thank God for your blessings? The emphasis for us Christians is on doing.

This weekly series of brief thoughts on stewardship and Orthodox life is brought to you by your Diocesan Stewardship Commission.

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