by Doris Hoover
“Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? Matthew 24:45 NIV
“Ooo ooo, me!” I could squeal, raising my hands and flailing my arms in response to the above question. But I would really only be able to respond to the second part of Jesus’ question. I am the one in charge of feeding my household. But am I a wise and faithful servant? If I am honest, I often act more like a disgruntled employee, resenting my endless chore of preparing food for others.
I’ve been preparing food for my household for forty-nine years. I have planned and prepared three meals a day along with snacks and desserts. For forty-nine years. Haven’t I earned the right to be bored and weary of the task? Uh, no-o.
My attitude needs adjusting. Each family develops its own pattern of running their household. My husband and I grew up in the 50’s when gender roles were clearly defined. June Cleaver cooked and cleaned, while Ward Cleaver went to work. We followed suit with how we conducted our household. It made sense for us, as I cook way better than my husband does, and he does other chores way better than I could.
I must credit my husband for fixing his own breakfast and lunch, and we go out to eat sometimes. My complaint is that meal prep is a never-ending task. People eat regularly. It’s a big responsibility to make sure others are fed every day. Even Martha complained to Jesus that Mary wasn’t helping her in the kitchen. And Martha liked to serve!
The resolution to my quandary comes in the next verse of Matthew 24: “It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns” (Matthew 24:46 NIV). We all have assigned tasks within our family circles. Many of them are tedious, tiring, and endless, but they are our responsibilities. So how can we keep ourselves from getting discouraged? I have several ideas.
- Remember all our service is ultimately for Jesus.
- Look at the blessings associated with the task.
- Realize we’re being wise and faithful servants by performing the task.
Paul wrote: “We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10 NASB). When we view our responsibilities as God-given opportunities to bring glory to Him, we can be purposeful even in the tedious. Paul wrote the Colossians: “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve” (Colossians 3:23-24 NASB).
May we remain faithful to what He has given us to do. And at His return, may we hear with glad hearts, “Well done, faithful and wise servant.” We can make even the hopelessly mundane tasks count for eternity.
This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).
About the author: Doris Hoover lives in Florida, but she also spends time along the coast of Maine. Her passion is discovering God’s messages in nature and sharing them with others. You can visit Doris at captivatedbythecreator.com.
Doris’ book, Quiet Moments in The Villages, A Treasure Hunt Devotional invites you to step outside to discover the treasures God places around you. She leads you to beautiful places in her home town. Her poetic descriptions and beautiful photography draw you into moments that will stir your heart.
Join the conversation: What responsibilities do you have that have bored you to tears?