– Jack Hyles
No one receives great rewards unless they are willing to take great risks, but there is no risk as far as God is concerned. Many a missionary traveled abroad with little or no resources but stepped out in faith, willing to take a risk for God’s calling on their life. Solomon showed this concept in Ecclesiastes 11:1 when he wrote, “Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.” How many days will you find it? I don’t think we should be looking for it to return. We simply need to let it go and trust God, for He rewards us in our risks for His kingdom, and the returns may come in this life or the next.
Jesus indicated that great faith results in great rewards, even those who are faithful in little, as He said in Luke 16:10, “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.” To those of us today who are faithful in even the little things, Jesus will someday 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” (Matt. 25:21)! To some He will say that since they “have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities” (Luke 19:17b).
For those who take great risks for God, the day is coming when the Master will say “to him (or her), ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master” (Matt. 25:21). What risks did they take? Backing up before Matthew 25:21, we see what this servant did for Jesus: “When I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me” (Matt. 25:25-26). They visited those who were sick (in the hospital, nursing homes, at home or even in hospice). They went to those in prison (either in person or by letter), clothed the naked (under-clothed), fed the hungry, gave drinks to the thirsty, and made the stranger feel welcome. Some of these things we can do in the church, but most will be done outside the walls of the church.
Stepping out in faith is not easy. However, your faith is not in what you and I see but in Jesus Christ, Who is ever-faithful to His Word because faith is the willingness to risk anything on God to receive great rewards, being faithful in little and entering into the joy of our Master someday because we had faith in God.