Christians, I am reminded of a time years ago, we were traveling back from mid-week church in Indiana. I looked out the window and another Church had on their message board “It is better to hear well done, than to hear well said”. I read it and began to meditate on it. I know that I have said a lot of things to God, made a lot of promises, had a lot of ideas, but I wonder how many of those things I have actually done.
Let’s be honest, as Christians, we too often give God “lip service.” We make promises of giving, serving, praying, reading, spending time with God, quitting a bad habit, or starting a good one. We may have the best intentions when we do it, we may really believe we will, but I remembered the verse in Matthew 25, the Parable of the Talents. The master says “well done” to the two servants that did something with what He gave them. The one who did nothing, what he had was taken and he was thrown outside. I know that salvation is by grace and through faith, however we are going to be judged for our deeds. This judgement is not meant to scare you, but to keep in mind what we do matters more than what we say.
I wonder how many opportunities God has given me and I was only full of talk: “When I have more money…” “When I have read the Bible more I will…” “Maybe if I get this or that I will…”. We have ideas of how we want to serve the Lord, but we want it on our terms. We think it should be easy and not a challenge, but friends, I tell you the truth: we are to live by faith and not by sight. So if an opportunity God puts before you is difficult because you cannot see the outcome, GOOD, because it’s time to use your faith.
Like a flashlight in the dark, our faith is used to help us navigate uncertain circumstances. God likes action, it enhances our relationship with Him. We are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus, while on this Earth. I know that it is difficult, but He never said it would be easy. Start small, do something for God. He does not mind the Days of Small Beginnings, in fact, He specializes in them. The next time an opportunity comes up to serve, instead of saying “next time” make it “this time”. The next time He nudges you to pray for someone, do it in faith, He will give you the words to say. The next time there is a special offering, drop in the $5 you were gonna spend on yourself. The more you do it, the better you will feel, walking out the Love of Christ. Then on Judgement Day, you will hear “well DONE my good and faithful servant, enter into my rest.” In Jesus Name, Amen.
His master replied, “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!” Matthew 25:21 (NIV)
Like clouds and wind without rain is one who boasts of gifts never given. Proverbs 25:14 (NIV)
For More Insight Read Matthew 25:34-46 It explains how God views the things we do on this Earth, what we do to others, the least of these, we do to Him, there is great reward.
What is the use (profit), my brethren, for anyone to profess to have faith if he has no [good] works [to show for it]? Can [such] faith save [his soul]? If a brother or sister is poorly clad and lacks food for each day. And one of you says to him, Good-bye! Keep [yourself] warm and well fed, without giving him the necessities for the body, what good does that do? So also faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up), by itself is destitute of power (inoperative, dead). But someone will say [to you then], You [say you] have faith, and I have [good] works. Now you show me your [alleged] faith apart from any [good] works [if you can], and I by [good] works [of obedience] will show you my faith. James 2:14-18 (AMP)
written and posted by Daniel Poggensee | 2017