4 Characteristics of a Good and Faithful Servant

4 Characteristics of a Good and Faithful Servant February 6, 2019

What does Jesus mean by calling some, “Good and faithful servant?” Who is a faithful servant?

Faithful

What believer doesn’t long for the day when Jesus will say to them, “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” (Matt 25:23). This is opposed to those who wouldn’t even invest in what God had entrusted to them (Matt 25:24-27), but what does it mean to be a faithful servant. Jesus doesn’t say “good and gifted servant,” or “good and skilled servant.” It is being faithful where He puts the emphasis, so what does it mean to be faithful, particularly a faithful servant of Christ? You don’t have to look far to find out what we are commanded do (Matt 25:35-36; James 1:27). In fact, God has preordained good works for you do to, if you and I would only walk in (or do) them (Eph 2:10). Being faithful is going where and when one’s needed. Ninety-percent of serving is just showing up, so being faithful means being available. One person that doesn’t show up is one person who won’t serve. That means more for someone else to do, so just showing up is essential to being a faithful servant. If you think what you are doing is insignificant, don’t miss the fact that Jesus said that if “You have been faithful over a little,” He “will set you over much,” so you might “Enter into the joy of your master” (Matt 25:23). Your faithfulness doesn’t depend on how little or how much you have, but what you do with it. Are you faithful in showing up and in using what you have been given by God?

Available

If we make ourselves available, we’ll be more faithful, but the world competes with our time and resources. It’s a battle of the flesh verses the Spirit. It is just as the Apostle Paul wrote, “For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate” (Rom 7:15), and as a result, “I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing” (Rom 7:19). God often places opportunities to serve or share Christ, but sometimes we are thinking of ourselves too much and fear rejection. Let’s face it. We all like to be liked, but that’s not what we’re called to. We are called to share Christ, and serve Christ by doing unto others, which Jesus’ takes personally (Matt 25:40). The day will come when “each of us will give an account of himself to God” (Rom 14:12). For some that will be a day of rejoicing, but apparently, for some, it will be a day of shame, as they knew they were negligent in their calling, doing little or nothing for Christ. The Apostle John wrote in that context, saying, “And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming” (1 John 2:28). If you are abiding in Christ, you will be available for Christ. Abiding in Christ produces fruits of the Spirit, and Jesus said that it is “By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples” (John 15:8). It’s not so much ability as it is availability. I believe 90% of being a faithful servant is simply being available!

Teachable

One way to look at being faithful is to be abiding in Jesus’ words, and those words are found in Scripture. The more we read the Bible, the more it reads us, and shows us where we come up short, but it also shows us ways we can be more faithful, and that’s our desire; to be good and faithful servant. One aspect of being a faithful servant is sitting at the Master’s feet and learning from Him, and that means reading His book, the Bible. This book helps us to yield to the Spirit more easily. The Bible helps us grow in holiness (sanctification), teaches us how to witness, and it reveals who are Jesus’ disciples (John 13:34-35). A faithful servant learns from the Master, so more time spent with the Master and His Word, the more you will naturally want to serve Christ (Matt 25:35-36, 40). A person who has their portion of His daily Bread will recognize serving opportunities when they see them, having seen dozens in Scripture.

Flexible

Your best friends, relatives, or spouse are generally the only ones you’d wouldn’t worry about calling at three in the mourning if their car broke down. There’s probably on a handful of people that most of us could call at that hour and ask for help, but that’s what separates the faithful ones from those who are only friends when it’s smooth sailing. When the waters get rough, many will bail out on us, but the faithful ones will not. It seems that the hardest times reveal who is and who is not closest to us. Scripture teaches us that “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity” (Prov 17:17), even if that adversity comes at three in the morning. One thing about helping out was in a case where a nursery worker called in sick and so they asked the congregation if someone would be willing to lend a hand to the nursery worker assistant. I realize that there is no gift for emptying diaper pails, changing diapers, and feeding babies, but not one person offered to help, even though they only needed them for half an hour. That is until my wife stepped up. She was faithful, making herself available, and was flexible in serving where she could.

Conclusion

Today is closer than yesterday to the day when Jesus will say to some, “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” (Matt 25:23)? Notice that Jesus doesn’t emphasize what is being done, or how much a person has, but what they’ve done with what they’ve been given. The widow’s mite was the greatest of all giving that day. I believe that Jesus will say well done, good and faithful servant for being faithful in the things that He command us to do, and those things are revealed in Scripture (i.e. Matt 25:35-36, 28:19-20;James 1:27, etc.). He will see this being done to others, by in reality, it is being done unto Him (Matt 25:40). Having done nothing for Him is a serious problem (Matt 25:40), but that’s the point. We do it for Him, and we do it to Him, and we do it for His glory (Psalm 115:1; John 15:8). Jesus is looking for those who will be faithful; who will make themselves available, those who will be open and remain teachable, and to be flexible in whatever situation God has placed them in. I worked as a janitor for seven years, and nothing is below our dignity if we do it as unto the Lord. There is no trivial servant who has so little that he or she could still not be faithful. Perhaps someday, maybe soon (?), you and I will hear Jesus say, “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” (Matt 25:23).

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is a writer at Christian Quotes and also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

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  • pud

    More lies…

    “jesus” never “said” anything…it is a story book not a narrative containing actual quotes. Tell us jack who took dictation when “jesus” was all alone?

    Servant=slave. You and your cult have this perverted desire to be a slave. One more sickness you refuse to recognize.

    “I believe that Jesus will say well done, good and faithful servant for being faithful in the things that He command us to do, and those things are revealed in Scripture (i.e. Matt 25:35-36, 28:19-20;James 1:27, etc.). He will see this being done to others, by in reality, it is being done unto Him (Matt 25:40). Having done nothing for Him is a serious problem (Matt 25:40), but that’s the point. We do it for Him, and we do it to Him, and we do it for His glory (Psalm 115:1; John 15:8). Jesus is looking for those who will be faithful; who will make themselves available, those who will be open and remain teachable, and to be flexible in whatever situation God has placed them in. I worked as a janitor for seven years, and nothing is below our dignity if we do it as unto the Lord. ”

    Who gives a shit what a deluded preacher making his living lying to people “believes”? No one!

    “gods” do not “need” anything let alone primate servants. This is just more of your infantile delusional brain wash on display. You should have stayed cleaning toilets…suits you.

    • Matthew 22:37

      You should go watch an atheist conversion to belief on youtube under the video name “Misguided Man Assaults Father With Hammer”.

      Atheists (even those suffering from narcissism and antisocial personality disorder) can convert to Christianity for a better life.

      • pud

        LOL..it’s not a “better life” it’s an infinitely worse life. Living a lie, playing make believe, wish thinking, self delusion, lying to others about things you cannot possibly know…no thanks..I’ll stick to reality, honesty, fact over fiction to your death cult.

        • Matthew 22:37

          Not according to the atheist converted to theism in that video. He has seen both sides of the fence and been changed by God now into leaving his deviant antisocial personality disorder behind.

          If you are sick in the head why should your version of reality control for other people?
          Even if you could prove your own sanity you are still a fallible human being and possibly a control freak.

          Why should a fallible xenophobic, narcissistic, antisocial control freak like you be allowed to control another person’s reality and beliefs? That would be like going to jail to submit to your evil mental totalitarianism.

          Please seek psychiatric help and stop over indulging your disease on this message board.

          Just imagine if Hitler or Stalin or Mao had received psychiatric help. A lot of people would not have had to die.

          But they were too busy being narcissistically in love with themselves as their cults of personality show to stop indulging in evil just like you are now.

          Sorry, pud. But I am just not impressed with your debate skills.

          Clearly you are not rational enough for a debate (which require good manners to proceed) as your behavior shows.

          Anyone who zealously insults those different from himself with your level of invectitude needs to see a psychiatrist. You have issues to work through and venting your antisocial, narcissistic, xenoohobic personality on this blog is not addressing your “issues”.

          Seek medical help, please.

          • pud

            It’s simply impossible for you to address my arguments isn’t it? All you’ve got are silly ridiculous ad homiem attacks that don’t even make sense. Try tackling one of my arguments and see how far you get. As for medical help…I’m not the one who “believes” in invisible demons and undetectable “gods” that I talk to in my head.

          • Matthew 22:37

            I plan on not reading or commenting in this comments section any more.

            I am sorry that you need to seek psychiatric help but I am not the one who has been troll stalking a pastor for several years.

            Lacking empathy and treating others deliberately with contempt as you do ought to be a red flag to you to get yourself checked out.

            Have a nice life. Bye.

          • Brien

            Ignorance is simply the lack of information and/or knowledge; (not a fault)

            However, stupidity is when that information is denied or rejected. (a purposeful fault)

            https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4173112/?fbclid=IwAR3I9qs-NJYyWhtuvAXn4gehdGoBPS-AzZM8efJoti-LDSk6n_qQp5GIpts

            Religious delusions are common and are considered to be particularly difficult to treat.
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/faea0864cd8086a98d3ddb0e22c4a0645fb04434b1ea943af1a08537c9aa15fa.jpg

          • What about those who de-convert from Fundamentalism to atheism? They also have seen both sides of the question, and there are many more (in the Western World, including the religious USA) who are de-converting than those who are converting. So don’t you see how ridiculous your argument is?

  • Matthew 22:37

    Interesting psychological observation on militant atheists.

    Quote:

    Research indicates that anger takes resources away from the executive decision making of the prefrontal cortex part of the brain.[46] The foolish nature of atheists and their irrational anger and bouts of rage towards God and/or Christians often causes militant atheists to behave irrationally.

    We see that on this blog almost every day with pud and other unbelievers ranting at theists or the Pastor.

    Quote above from “Atheism and social/interpersonal intelligence” on conservapedia.

    Under “Atheism and Hatred of God” on conservapedia this quote:

    In debates with atheists, the popular Christian YouTube video maker Shockofgod often asks atheists the loaded question, “Is God evil?”. Invariably, so-called atheists quickly say yes. Then Shockofgod informs the “atheist” that they admitted that God exists.[4] Shockofgod also declares that Christians never accuse leprechauns of being evil because they know they don’t exist.[5]

    Don Batten of Creation Ministries International wrote:

    “Recently, I have had a lot of conversations with atheists. Many express a strong hatred of God. I have been at a loss to explain this. How can you hate someone you don’t believe in? Why the hostility? If God does not exist, shouldn’t atheists just relax and seek a good time before they become plant food? Why should it matter if people believe in God? Nothing matters if atheism is true[6] ”

    The Christian evangelist Ray Comfort contends that atheists hate God because they know that He does exist.[7] Comfort declared in 2009: “Atheists don’t hate fairies, leprauchans or unicorns because they don’t exist. It is impossible to hate something that doesn’t exist. And that makes the point.”[8]

    Read Romans 1. It says everyone knows God exists but some suppress a knowledge of the truth.

    • Atheists don’t believe that there is sufficient evidence to justify the existence of God. They don’t hate God. What they often dislike intensely are your ridiculous notions of God which you regularly pontificate about on this website as if you (and those who agree with you) have received private revelations from God and all others are wrong.

      You assume that the bible is the Word of God when some of it was written by barbaric savages. You assume that you (and those who agree with you) are led by some Holy Spirit and those who disagree with you (including some Christians) are not so led. You write with an air of auricular certainty, tantamount to a belief in your own infallibility. It’s this attitude that some of us atheists dislike intensely, not the being of a non-existent god.