The challenge to us, to say when we’ve finished all our tasks, “We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do,” is not something we welcome. We’re likely to feel resentful that we don’t see an immediate reward.
But we’re created by God and we have our fullest satisfaction when we serving him with all the gifts he as given us. That’s because we are not only creatures marred by sin but also children of God by his gracious adoption. Therefore he has given us a spirit of “power and love and self-control” to guide us in our use of time, talent, and treasure.
Although hardships will come as we follow the way of the Gospel instead of the way of the world, we have the promise that through God’s grace, because of our faith, we shall live.