Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Theme: PROMOTION

Text: “His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” – Matthew 25:21,23

Comment: The eternal approval which the faithful and diligent worshippers of God through Jesus Christ will obtain in the day of God’s final decision on this earth is clearly expressed in the familiar Parable of the Talents as narrated by our Lord Jesus Christ as recorded in Matthew 25:14-30.  The diligence and integrity of those who gain to themselves the epithet “the good and faithful servants” of Jesus Christ will certainly be “found unto praise, and honour, and glory, at his appearing…” (1 Peter 1:7)  That is, “promotion” in one word.

It is usual in the courts of princes, and families of great men, to advance those that have been faithful in their services to higher offices.  Our promotions come in God’s time and way.  As we work diligently and productively in our present position, God will, in turn, use men to reward us.  Not through scheming, bribery, intrigue or ungodly device, but through honesty, sincerity, fear of God and upholding of the truth and righteousness of God.  St. Paul admonished servants to be obedient to their masters “with fear and trembling, in singleness of …heart, as unto Christ; Not with eye service, as men pleasers: but as the servant of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.” (Ephesians 6:5-7).  When promotion is granted under this condition, we can agree with this utterance of David: “Who am I, O Lord God? And what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?” – 2 Samuel 7:18.