Are you struggling to be more generous?
Do you ask if it’s even worth it?
Maybe you feel like you don’t have much to give.
I think many people struggle to give their time, money, skills, and talents because they feel like their contribution is insignificant compared to what others are giving or doing. But what I want you to see today is that the amount, whether it be time, resources, or talents is relative. In God’s eyes little can be much and much can be little. He doesn’t see things the way we see things.
The Relativity of Amount
His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little… And he also who had the two talents… His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little…
This statement “faithful over little” probably gets glossed over most of the times we read it. I know I didn’t really ever pay much attention to it, but I think it carries some pretty notable insight into what we view as significant.
He calls the amount that they were faithful over as little. But how could he say that if the amount that was given to them, when put in terms we understand, was well into the several thousands? The reason is the master’s statement was relative to his wealth. This amount is little compared to all that he has.
Maybe one reason we hesitate to give all we’ve got is because we are unaware of the return on our investment. If you were going to invest in something it would be in something that you were one hundred percent sure will give a good return. Now, if we take the passage to be Jesus’ way of explaining a spiritual principle in a way we can understand it, then in the story we are the servants and God is the master. So what we do with the little will be rewarded with much. If the creator of the universe is giving us something and is referring to it as much, then we can’t even begin to possibly imagine what this means. It will be the best return on investment you will ever get.
Our efforts no matter how insignificant we think they might be will be more than worth it in the end. We will receive an eternal return on our investment. The money we give sacrificially will bring an eternal return. Time spent volunteering, serving, and helping others will have an eternal reward. It’s a small thing compared to what’s coming and to the reward for stewardship that we will receive after this life.
Your efforts will not be wasted. God is not looking at the amount because with Him little is much and much is little. He’s looking at your heart. He’s looking at your faithful obedience with what he has given you.
And the best reward is that one day we will hear Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little. Enter into the joy of your master.