Sunday, September 18, 2022

Daily Devotion: Your Fantastic Future

Bible Reading: Matthew 25:14-30 

Key Verse: Verse 21  “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.”

Key Words: Well done, thou good and faithful   servant

From my vantage point, there has never been a generation with such a fantastic future as the youth of today.  They have greater opportunities for learning, greater tools to help accomplish goals (i.e. computer, internet, etc.); and, thanks to a tense world situation, a greater motivation to accomplish something constructive.

The tragedy of all this is that too many of our youth are sacrificing their fantastic future for the fun-filled present, which leads me to a portion of scripture found in Matthew 25:14-30.  Jesus is speaking about a future kingdom.  In this prophetic story He lays out three principles for success that every young person ought to apply to his life; and parents should help their own children with the application of these principles.

Principle #1.  We start as servants before God makes us rulers.  Matthew 25:21, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”  God’s pattern has always been to start at the bottom and work up.  We appreciate what we work for a whole lot more than what is handed to us.  (I have seen that over the years.)  Joseph certainly started at the bottom.  He was a servant in Potiphar’s house, worked up through the system (through God’s intervention), and became the governor of Egypt.

Principle #2.  We start with a few things before we are entrusted with many things.  Matthew 25:21b, “Thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many.”  Let me tell you about a British youth who lived a century ago.  He was saved at the age of 15 and immediately began to serve the Lord by passing out tracts around his neighborhood.  When he was 16, he taught a Sunday School class.  At age 17 he pastored a small church of about 40 members.  As he was faithful year-by-year, the congregation grew; and at the age of 30, Charles Spurgeon was speaking before thousands each Sunday.  He was faithful with a few and God blessed him with much.

Principle #3. We start with work before we experience joy.  While I do believe in having fun, service is spelled: W–O–R–K.  It is no fun to learn Algebra equations or musical scales; but once you learn them, you have opened the door to enjoyment.

May God bless you as you apply these principles of success for your fantastic future.

What to do:
     Help your children to both understand and apply the above principles.

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