5th December 2016
1 Samuel 15: 22 (AMP)
A wise servant will rule over the [unworthy] son who acts shamefully and brings disgrace [to the family] And [the worthy servant] will share in the inheritance among the brothers.
In our passage of focus, we see some amazing truth. As unbelievable as it may sound, it is possible for a servant to be preferred over the son of his master, even to the point of having an inheritance, as though he were a son. In the era that this statement was made, servants/slaves were generally considered somewhat less than humans. They were seen more as properties than as humans with rights; no much more different than the farm animals and other assets of the master. Ideally, they were entitled to nothing except their pay or sustenance. Even their children born in the house of their master were considered as properties of their master. Yet, we see that these ‘disadvantages’ cannot stand in the way of a wise servant.
In this era, being a servant or working for someone may not have the same steep implications as it did back then but the truth that any servant can distinguish himself via wisdom still stands as strong as ever. As we already know, if an individual is productive, he is indispensable. Take Jacob for an example, who Laban was bent on keeping at all cost because of how productive he was. He (Laban) could not help but notice how that that the Lord hath blessed him for Jacob’s sake (Genesis 30: 27).
Now being a profitable (wise) servant/employee to your master or employer (whether it be the Father (master) or man(employer)) is about bringing about profit or increase. It is about contributing towards the multiplication or increase of available resources. Recall that profit is the difference between income (capital) and expenses, where income is greater than expenses. Thus, being a profitable servant/employee entails either increasing income (capital) or cutting down expenses (cost).
Our position at work may be such that we are not saddled with the responsibility of bringing about increase in income but we can most definitely help in cutting down the cost of production/operation. We have the wisdom of the Father and as such can come up with great ideas on how to cut expenses; but sometimes it may just require simple things as turning off electrical appliances that are not in use, doing a job perfectly well at first attempt to prevent wasting more resources (time inclusive) redoing it, travelling light, proper planning, etc.
Are you an indispensable employee/servant? Are you increasing income, cutting down cost, doing both or none?
I am a profitable servant. I am an indispensable employee. Divine wisdom resides in me and I choose to use it for the glory of the Father. I choose to cut down expenses or bring about increase in income at my place of work /assignment. Hallelujah!!
Further Reading Luke 16: 1 & 2 And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods. And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward.
Matthew 25: 20 & 21 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. 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.
Extracted from our Daily walk of perfection(December 2016). Get this months devotional at: https://iiconlinestore.biz/index.php?route=product/category&path=68