Faithful with a Few
By Brad Murphy, Lead Pastor Eagle LifeChurch
Over the past weeks, God has been bringing newcomers through the doors and into the lives of the church family at Eagle LifeChurch. Some have attended a morning worship service; some have not.
We have met those who have a church home and those who don’t. We’ve met those who think they have God and religion all figured out and those who don’t have a clue. We have met those who are mad at their previous church because they were too superficial, or too big, or because they were ignored or hurt. We have met those with no previous church experience. God is bringing us just what we asked for – hurting people.
Jesus tells a story in Matthew 25 & Luke 19 to help His followers understand the concepts of the Kingdom of God. In His story, a master who is going on a journey leaves one servant with five measures of provision, one servant with two measures, and one servant with just one measure; each according to his ability.
Each of these servants-of-the-master invested in and took care of the provision of the master. When the master returned, the one with five measures had gained five more. The one with two measures had increased it to four. The servant with one did nothing. He buried what the master had given Him in fear that he would lose it and be punished by the master.
Each of the people God has put in your life and has brought to Eagle LifeChurch are a measure of God’s provision. He has already assessed our ability and rationed out the provisions. Will you be faithful to develop and grow the ones He has given you or will you burry them in fear that you will lose them and be punished by our Master?
Eagle LifeChurch family, and Christians everywhere, we must be faithful with the people He has put in our lives. This past Sunday we had three visitors, all who need a church family. Will you take care of them, nurture them, and grow them into six? Will you call them, take them to lunch, or invite them over for dinner? Will you bother answering the phone when they call, or risk getting involved when things get messy? Will you welcome them into our family?
If you do, Jesus said that the Master will look on us and say, “‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ (Matthew 25:23, NIV)
The true test of whether Eagle LifeChurch will have a lasting impact on the city of Eagle, the state of Idaho, the United States, and the World, is in how we are Faithful with a Few.
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