Finding the Happy Middle

Matthew 25:22-23

The case of Mr. Mediocre

Over the past two days, we have looked at the difficulties of being or living with the all-star, five talent servant and the problem of the failure, one-talent servant.

I asked on Monday who this parable spoke too. Most people would say that the failure servant is the focus of the story. Pretty much nobody, on the other hand, gives a second thought to the second servant.

What’s the story with this guy? He is entrusted with less than half as much as his big-shot colleague and only twice as much as the failure. Clearly, the master did not trust Mr. Mediocre all that much.

The world is full of Mr. Mediocre figures. Honestly, the church of Jesus could not function without Mr. Mediocre. That’s the person who takes up the offering and records the attendance and helps prepare VBS craft materials and on and on.

But Mr. Mediocre does not get the same level of acclaim as the All-Star. He hears the wonderful words, “good and faithful servant,” but when the Failure crashes and burns, does Mr. Mediocre see any of that suddenly available talent?

Mr. Mediocre does not get a lot of acclaim from the world, but he should be satisfied with the approval of a grateful master.

  • Do you identify with Mr. Mediocre? In what ways?
  • In what ways do you show appreciation for the Mediocre servants in your life?
  • Ask God to help you to be completely satisfied with his approval.