I was having a conversation with a family member a few days ago. She had called to check on me after the loss of my mother a few weeks ago and she asked me how I was doing. After telling her that I was doing ok and taking one day at a time, I then said , "You know, after everything that has happened, after watching my mother take her last breath, now more than ever, I want to hear the Lord say, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant...enter thou into the joy of thy lord."" Matthew 25:21.
It's great to have accomplishments on the job, at school, and in the community. You work hard, rally the team, burn the midnight oil, pay attention to detail and produce results and you should be recognized for your hard work. Who doesn't want to hear, "Great job!" or "Excellent work!", or "Thank you for your hard work!"? It helps us to see that our work and our efforts are valued and recognized and it gives us the strength to continue learning, growing and achieving.
We can apply this same line of reasoning to the Kingdom of God. We can live a righteous and holy life, leaning on Jesus for strength. We can share our gifts and talents with others, bringing encouragement. We can bow down in prayer, calling upon the name of the Lord, warring for our communities and our nation. We can seize as many opportunities as we can to witness and win souls. We can be obedient and assemble ourselves together weekly with other saints to hear and study the Word of God. We can be shining lights at the grocery store, in the checkout line, on a Zoom call, at the gas station, in the classroom, on the football field, etc.. There is so much more that can be done to point others to Christ, expand the Kingdom and do the work of the Lord.
Reflecting on the years that are already behind me and redeeming the time that I have left, I want to do what I can, while I can. I appreciate the accomplishments here on earth but what I'm really waiting for is to hear the Lord say to me, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant...enter thou into the joy of thy lord."
Are you waiting to hear that as well?