In Matthew 25:20, Jesus says, “The one who had received the five talents came up and brought five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you entrusted five talents to me. See, I have gained five more talents.’”

When we do a good job, we are proud of the effort we’ve placed. There is a difference between being proud and being prideful. Being proud is best associated with the accomplishment of a task well done while pride is a state of arrogance that a person lives in. The servant with the five talents was proud of the work he was able to accomplish with what the master had given him. He knew if the master had not given him any talents, he would have accomplished nothing. There is nothing wrong with being proud of the work that we or someone else does. If a relative, friend, family member or child accomplishes a great a task, we are always proud of them. When a baby takes his or her first step, or a brother or sister walks across the graduation stage to receive his or her doctorates degree, we are very proud of them. In the same light, as children of God, He is proud of us too. As we are being encouraged and motivated by the Holy Spirit, God sees us growing. As we take our first baby steps in relationship with Jesus Christ, God the Father becomes more proud of our development as eternity continues to move forward. He is our number one fan!

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