Well Done

Jim Coyle

“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

While I was watching a ballgame on T.V., my wife came in and asked, "have you heard that some ex-San Diego Charger Football player committed suicide?    I asked who and she said, "Some guy named "Sueho or something like that".  I later found out it was Junior Seau.  I told her no and went back to watching the baseball game, hoping that Jared Weaver would pitch a no hit game, which he did.   Later, while I was watching the news tell of the great career and accomplishments of Junior Seau and Jared Weaver, I received a phone call to inform me that a missionary friend,  Judy Byers, had died.

To the best of my knowledge, Judy Byers, like the majority of us, never accomplished anything the press or world would consider news worthy.  I met Judy in 1987 when she was in her mid 20's, and joined our church's short-term mission trip to Brazil.  The next year, we returned to Brazil and she stayed as a full-time missionary using her skills as a nutritionist to help teach the undernourished.  She later moved to  Guinea Bissua Africa, where she served God and people, in spite of wars, drought, and personal illnesses for over 20 years.  When God called Judy home, she was involved in ministering to women and children with AIDS.  That evening, I thought of Jesus' words in Matthew 25:21 and thought that Judy was a good and faithful servant who is now experiencing her Master's joy. 

We need to remember that God has given us all gifts and abilities to be used for His purposes.  Most of us are not called to go to foreign countries, but rather to serve where we are at.  Are you doing that?  Are you serving God to the best of your abilities?  Are you looking for a heavenly "well done", or an earthly one?  Take time today to ask God to show you if you are serving where He wants you.

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