Every believer at some time or another probably wonders what God really wants of them. God knows all, possesses all, and doesn’t need anything, so what could I possible do for Him? What can you give to someone that has everything that they want or desire? You think shopping for your mate is hard, what can you give to God?
There are perhaps many answers, but I know of at least one thing God wants from everyone of His children – faithfulness.
In the parable of the Talents in Matthew 25, the punch line is:
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 25:21
It really didn’t make any difference the number of talents given, what seemed to matter to God the most was the faithfulness (or not) of the receiver. Be faithful in a little, and you will be set over much later on.
Let’s consider another couple of passages:
One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? Luke 16:10-12
Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:2
God says that how we handle His money is both a little thing, and something that matters a great deal. We are to be faithful with what we have been entrusted with, and again, it really does not seem to matter much whether it is a lot or a little. The issue is faithfulness.
Paul instructed his young disciple Timothy in this key passage:
…and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 2 Timothy 2:2
Why was Paul telling Timothy to make sure he found faithful men and didn’t say spiritually gifted or highly talented men for example? Why did Paul expressly state faithful men?
Finally, Jesus in His glory explained to John how important faithfulness is in this passage:
Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life. Revelation 2:10
Be faithful unto death – it seems that the God of the universe expects us to be faithful even when death is on the line. (Princess Bride tone intended) He gives us the Holy Spirit, and His Word to assure us that we can learn to be faithful, and there are eternal rewards directly tied to how we perform the tasks we are given.
I am not so sure it matters what we do for the Lord as much as how we do it. We are commanded to be faithful with little comment about relative value of what we do. So any believer, who is walking in daily obedience to the Lord, can know that if they are faithfully doing what God has asked them to do, they will give a wonderful gift to our Heavenly Father and will reap eternal rewards as a direct result. Perhaps we can give something to the Someone that has everything after all.
As a final (I know I wrote finally above, but I didn’t mean it) note…if you have been unfaithful, there is still time, grace and opportunity. Repent and receive forgiveness and empowering grace to change. God will provide you additional opportunities to learn to be faithful – He is just like that! God wants you to succeed and He is faithful to continue providing the opportunities until you do.