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“His Lord said to him ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.'”
Matthew 25 vs. 23 (NKJV)
Faithfulness requires you to first be grateful.
You cannot be faithful over something for which you are not grateful.
In marriage, you cannot be faithful to your spouse if you are not grateful that God has brought that person into your life.
Similarly, you cannot serve faithfully in your job or business if you are not grateful to have been given custody of it.
To be grateful for something requires you to appreciate its value.
The reason why the servants who were given custody of 10 and five talents respectively traded with what they had was that they recognised and appreciated the value of what their master had entrusted them with.
On the other hand, the third servant who had been given one talent chose to bury it and was called a lazy person by his master.
He was not grateful that his master had seen fit to entrust him with one talent and because he did not appreciate the talent, he lost all motivation to trade with it and that's where the laziness set in.
As you start out today, God has given you 24 golden nuggets called hours.
You must start out by first being grateful for this privilege because as long as you have life, there is always hope.
Do not let any challenge you currently face have the effect of causing you to fail to appreciate the value of this day.
Regardless how enormous the challenge you face might be, recognise that the graveyard nearest to you is filled with hundreds or even thousands of people who would gladly trade places with you even if it means taking on your challenge too.
You must also learn not to wait till you have had some enormous breakthrough first before you can be grateful.
Nothing you lack means anything if you have it but don't have the gift of life.
Before you can be faithful with this latest batch of 24 hours that God has blessed you with, first be grateful that you have them and that's the key to being faithful in your use of them.
For after all, if you are not faithful over this one day, why should God entrust you with many more ?
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