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I heard a joke one time where there were two friends talking and one of them just kept going on and on about himself. Finally, he paused and said well I’ve talked enough about me, now what about you what do you think about me?
Apparently, his favorite subject was himself.
I wonder how many of us can relate?
If a conversation or whatever is going on is not about us, we quickly lose interest.
It’s all about you
Matthew 25 :24-25 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’
I want us to see in this story that one reason this servant did not honor his master by investing the talents was because he thought this was about him. He thought it mattered more for him to be safe, to stay afraid, and to hide the talent instead of investing. He didn’t see this as about honoring his master, but as an investment that would burden him somehow.
In the same way, the thing that gets in the way of your service to God most of the time is that you think it’s all about you. When it’s all about you then you can easily make decisions to leave or stop doing the ministry God has called you to. But it’s not about you, it’s about someone else.
It’s about the Master
Notice is these verses how the servants respond to the master. Their response shows that they have a different interest than the last servant did.
Matthew 25:19-23 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’ “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.Come and share your master’s happiness!’ “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’ “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.Come and share your master’s happiness!’
There seems to be some anticipation in the words “you entrusted”. Almost like when a kid scores a point and they look for their parents in the crowd to see approval on their parents face. It’s almost like they couldn’t wait to see the look of approval on their master face when they revealed the results of all their hard work. For the servants, it was all about the master.
It should be all about the master for you. Your goal in life should be to please God and to want to see the look of approval on his face. And I’m not talking about an approval that gets you into heaven. I’m talking about an approval that comes from the hard work you’re doing from acceptance, not for acceptance.
The real reward
Can you imagine how they felt when he said, “Come and share your master’s happiness!”? The master’s happiness was the real reward. The greatest gift the servants could receive was to please the master. And as it always is with God, they got more than they were expecting. Not only did they get the reward of pleasing their master, they got to enjoy the reward with Him.
Is Jesus your greatest reward?
Is it all about you or all about God?