Matthew 25:19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘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 is one of my favorite passages of scripture; ‘the Parable of the Talents.’ According to this story, the Christian’s relationship with Jesus is much like that of a master and his servants. In this parable Jesus spoke of a master who went on a long journey, and before he left he assigned to each of his servants the responsibility of managing a certain portion of his estate.
After a long time, the master returned and called for his servants to come and give an account. The man who had been entrusted with five talents doubled his talents and brought five more. The same was true for the man who had been entrusted with three. In response to their honorable service, the master said, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”
Heaven will be more wonderful than any of us can imagine. Scripture speaks of streets of gold, gates of solid pearl, and walls adorned with precious jewels. In heaven every tear will be wiped away and every broken heart will be mended. But greatest of all our pleasures will be the privilege of praising our Savior.
Revelation 5:12 “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!”
Whenever we refer to our praise in heaven, most often we think of our singing. Indeed heaven will be a place filled with many celestial sounds. But according to our parable, a great portion of our worship in heaven will be our service. “No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him.” (Revelation 22:3) With that in mind, consider carefully what the master said to his faithful servants.
“You have been faithful (here on earth) with a few things; I will put you in charge (for eternity in heaven) of many things. Come and share your Master’s happiness.”
Could it be that the happiest people in heaven will be those who are given the greatest opportunities to serve?