When We Feel Inadequate Remember God Sees Our Faithfulness
The Kingdom of God doesn’t measure success by our followers, titles, or net worth.
Many of us feel defeated in life having less resources, giftedness, influence and opportunity.
For many people life is a constant struggle and we feel we have suffered one defeat or discouragement after another.
Your Lord has always seen your significance in terms we cannot begin to understand. God loves you as you are.
Looking to the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25: 14-30) as a guide we see that Christ was contrasting burying your money against investing it. Yet there was another pearl of wisdom in this parable.
The person with less was no less valuable to God. No matter how much less we have in any aspect of life God counts our little as much!
The scriptures about the widows mite illustrates this well.
Mark 12:41–44 41 And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. 42 And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny.1 43 And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. 44 For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”
Our piers and our culture often gets into our heads and we start to think we must accomplish certain things to be valued or successful yet that is not how our Lord thinks. Christ wants us to take an honest look at our God-given gifts and our limitations in life. God is well aware of your fatigue, chronic pain, demands on your time, your disability, or the financial pressures you are under. God asks that we invest what we’ve been entrusted with even if it is little compared to those around us.
Like in the parable of the talents if you are the unnoticed two-talent guy hold the course. God is invested in you but not primarily for your persistence but for your faith.
In the Kingdom of God our rewards are never a product of our results or productivity in this life. The servants in Matthew 25 are not being rewarded for being good, prosperous or productive, they are being rewarded for being good and faithful.
Let us remind ourselves of this in the days to come!