Nothing could be better than to receive a letter like this from an apostle of Christ. The only thing better would be for Jesus himself to say these words to us. Our life’s goal should be to hear Jesus say, “Well done my good and faithful servant.”
|A page from an 11th century Gospel of Matthew (1:18-21), with Matthew 1:21, Matthew 1:21 providing the origin of the name Jesus. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Matthew 25:21 His master said to him, Well done, you upright (honorable, admirable) and faithful servant! You have been faithful and trustworthy over a little; I will put you in charge of much. Enter into and share the joy (the delight, the blessedness) which your master enjoys. tab
Faithfulness is a quality that can only be earned over time. The proof is in the our life as others see us and only consistent actions can confirm a person’s faithfulness. This type of characteristic best develops relationships, because we have consistent trustworthiness. Every successful marriage is based on this quality. We would all agree that a faithful spouse, friend or employee is the most valuable kind we could have.
Jesus too, wants us to be his faithful servant and then we will be of the most value to him.
How can we be faithful? What can we do to build this kind of relationship with Jesus? I am a firm believer that if we build this kind of relationship with Jesus we will know how to build faithful relationships with others, but if we slip in our relationship with Jesus the other earthly relationships will falter too. What will last when this earth is destroyed? Only our relationship with Jesus. This is all that we are able to take into eternity and here we will have relationships with those others who have a relationship with Jesus throughout eternity.
Vs. 2 To the saints (the consecrated people of God) and believing and faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colossae: Grace (spiritual favor and blessing) to you and [heart] peace from God our Father. tab