The Trust in Your Hand


“Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful” (1 Cor. 4:2, NIV).

Have you been given a trust? Yes. Each one of us has. God has put into our hands something that He has asked us to administer. In doing so, He is looking for our faithfulness.

Sometimes we commit the mistake of looking at the trust He has given to someone else… and thinking that we should be doing whatever that person is doing. What she or he is doing looks so much more important!

Let me assure you, there will always be someone doing something that appears to have more reach, more value, more impact, and more significance than what you are doing. To counteract our tendency to fall into the comparison trap, God gave us the parable of the five talents.

Remember how the one man had five talents, the second man had two, and the third man had only one? The master was not expecting the men with one and two talents to come up with five more. On the contrary, he was absolutely overjoyed with the two talents that the second man was able to produce. His joy over the second man was equally as boisterous and overflowing as it was over the first man.

It wasn’t the numerical value of their achievements that caused him to exuberantly rejoice. It was their faithfulness. Both of them heard the same words from his lips: “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, NIV, bold emphasis mine).

Let’s think about what this means for you. Does what you are doing with your life seem insignificant to you? Does it seem inconsequential to you than you are able to influence a small circle of people for Jesus? If so, Holy Spirit wants to open your eyes to a new perspective.

Whoever those people are that He has put in your life to impact with His love… that is your “trust” from Him. He is not wishing that you somehow were coming up with a way to be more impressive for Him. His only desire is that you would be faithful with what He has entrusted to you.

Love on that one. Encourage that one. Follow Holy Spirit’s nudges in speaking life to that one. As you do so, your life is making an indelible mark that has infinite, measureless, eternal value. What you have to contribute is incredibly important. It doesn’t matter if it’s two talents, or five, or one. If you have been pushing forward with however many talents He put into your hand, your faithfulness with your trust is bringing enormous joy to your Master’s heart.

Do you notice, in this parable, that He makes reference to that very joy? I love how the Classic Edition of the Amplified Bible expresses this: “Enter into and share the joy (the delight, the blessedness) which your master enjoys.” (v. 21).

Daddy God is bursting with joy and delight over your faithfulness. Right now, He is inviting you into that joy. He wants to impart to your heart His pleasure in you, His enjoyment of you. As you steward the trust He has assigned to you, no matter how small it may seem, you overwhelm Him with delight.

In this moment, allow Him to pour into your spirit the revelation of the immense joy He takes in your faithfulness!


Does your assignment from the Master seem important to you? What is He saying to you about it right now?

9 thoughts on “The Trust in Your Hand

    1. God is bigger than any mistakes we can make! This Scripture comes to mind for you: “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten” (Joel 2:25). He can even restore lost time! Be encouraged today, my friend. You are so deeply loved!

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  1. If I were to tally up all the bad choices I made in 71 years, it could easily fill a book! Paul says to not focus on our past [ though recognizing a good lesson in retrospect I believe to be honorable]. We are to give thanks for today and do that which our Lord has prepared for us. Then tomorrow we can trust in HIM completely and have no doubts or fears. I too, have wasted much of the resource God has blessed me with, I do regret it but do not allow it to overshadow my todays. I receive what He has for me now, use it more wisely and grow in His Grace and Mercy. Amen Len W.

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  2. Thank you all for comments. Thank you Jennifer. What a great reflective blog. If you are elderly He now will use ALL your life experience and journey to encourage others. Choose words you speak and words you write with Godly Wisdom. Minister NOW as His Light and Salt in this sociatially polluted world. Let us all grow in His Grace and Mercy. A-Men.

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  3. Loved this Jennifer. We as a bible study had discussed this very point last week. But I really liked what you said here about His trust in us. May we be faithful with what he has placed in our hands and bring Him joy.


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