"Faithful over a few things"

[Original article in French]

Among the many parables which Christ Jesus gave us in the course of his healing and saving ministry is that of the talents, set forth in Matthew's Gospel. In it Jesus described the lord as saying to two of his servants, "Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things."

Like all Jesus' parables, this one contains a lesson which we should ponder and put into practice. In it he shows clearly that fidelity is essential to progress, and that we must begin by being "faithful over a few things." The Bible makes frequent allusion to the need of being faithful. The vicissitudes and misfortunes of the Israelites were the direct result of their lack of fidelity to God. It is said in Proverbs, "He that deviseth good, pursueth it faithfull" (translation from Version Synodale), and, "A faithful man shall abound with blessings." Is not faithfulness the essence of the First Commandment, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me"?

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