'Pistos' [Faithful]

There is a parable that Jesus gave in Matthew 25: 14-30 and Luke 19: 11- 27 that likens the kingdom of God to a man investing in his servants, with an expectation of interest accruing on it later on but who then goes off on a journey to return.

[In Matthew] Jesus called the servants who utilised their talents, “faithful” and the Greek word for this is pistos, which translates to: trusty, faithful – of persons who show themselves faithful in the transaction of business, the execution of commands, or the discharge of official duties. The servants were given responsibilities inherent in their talent. Two of them used their talents ‘faithfully’ and one did not, whom Jesus called a ‘lazy and wicked’ servant. You will also notice they weren’t all given the same amounts, and it says in verse 15, that they were given, “according to his own ability.” This parable speaks to the abilities that God gives us, for working in his kingdom, here on the Earth and two things can be concluded from it. Firstly, whatever God gives you to use, he expects you to ‘faithfully’ use it. (What has God given to you? Do you know? If not, find out..) And secondly, every one was not given the same number of talents, to one was given five, another two and the last, only one. This did not reduce the expectations placed on any of them – it was all the same. Treat what God has given you responsibly and with diligence. Invest time, effort, discipline and energy into your talent. Please do not waste it, or worse, not use it at all. Show up…and live out loud…push yourself to be present and do what’s needed even when you don’t feel like it… God expects faithful returns when he returns (pun intended).

Along with all of this, ‘be anxious for nothing, but in all things with prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God.”

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