When one works at something, and is thereby praised for it, this makes the person work even more towards the tasks or goals, and towards accomplishing them well.
In the parable of the Talent (Matthew 25:14-30, Luke 19:11-27), Jesus likened the kingdom of heaven to a master who, set to travel to distant lands, called three of his servants and gave each of them a talent/talents according to their abilities before his trip.
The first two servants went and put their talents to work while the last one dug a hole in the ground and hid what he had received.
When the master came back and asked the three servants what became of the talents he gave them, the first one proudly replied that he gained five talents more with what the master had given him. The second servant also earned two talents more from the initial two he received.
But when the third servant came to his master, he told him that he had buried his talent out of fear with the suspect that he wouldn’t gain anything.
Expectedly, the master was very happy with the first two servants and as a reward, he put them in charge of more things and invited them to share in his happiness.
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.Matthew 25: 21 (KJV)
But as for the third servant, he took the one talent from him and kicked out him from his house.
This Bible passage demonstrates that the faithful with a few things will become ruler over many, and that the real joy of a worker comes from knowing that he has made his master proud.
Is there a greater joy in life than knowing that you have brought happiness to the heart of Jesus because you have been faithful to do what he has asked you to do?
This should be the driving force of our lives; that we would make him proud of the lives we have lived.
Pray and think about what your responsibility is in the propagation of God’s kingdom and carry it out, not worrying about whether the reward will be great or small on earth.
Be faithful in the places God has put you in and one day you will hear Him say: “Well Done”.