There’s one story told by Jesus that I think about more than any other. It’s called “The Parable of the Talents” (Matthew 25:14-30). Jesus begins by telling the disciples about a man (estate owner) who called three of his servants together before traveling on a long journey. To each servant he gave a sum of money (called “talents”) and then went his way. After a long time, he returned and settled accounts with the three servants. Two of them were wise because they had invested the funds. The increase pleased the master and he commended them both saying, “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!” (Matthew 25:21, 23). However, the one servant did nothing with what he was given. In the end, his “reward” was shame and ruin. This story sobers me as I put myself in the parable and ask, “Which servant will I become?” As a follower of Jesus Christ in 2020, I present two earnest prayer requests…both for myself and for the church. First, I pray, “Lord, help us to be faithful!” I want to demonstrate faithfulness by seeking the Lord every day through prayer and the reading of the Word. I want to be a faithful husband to my wife Terry. I want to be a faithful example to the body of Christ of what it means to love the Lord. Also, I pray for the people of Highway and Resurrection Life to be faithful to follow the Lord, to love one another, and to gather together for worship and the Word. My second prayer request for myself and for the church is: “Lord, help us to be fruitful!” The Word teaches us that our fruitfulness comes from the Lord (Hosea 14:8). Jesus told His disciples, “I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last” (John 15:16). The Lord expects us to invest what He has given. As Christians, we are called to act on our faith, not just think about it. Jesus did not say, “well thought” or “well considered” but “well done.” In 2020 may the Lord be pleased with the fruit of our lives, growing from the soil of faithfulness!
Pastor Mark Boucher