Well Done

Dave Jones

"His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much.  Enter into the joy of your master."  Matthew 25:21

The Matthew 25 parable reminds us that our Lord has given us much, some more and some less, but all have been given much.  And the parable also reminds us that we are accountable for what we have been given and that there is a reward for our faithfulness.

All of us want to feel that we have been faithful to our responsibilities and that we have done well, don’t we? I recently read of a man who determined to reflect daily on his faithfulness and decide whether or not his efforts of the day were “well done”.  Whether we are raising our families, working to provide our needs and the needs of others, repairing our homes and cars, pursuing an education or a multitude of other worthwhile goals, we all want to do well and receive the rewards of our faithfulness with all that we have been provided.

As I consider all that we have been provided, I recently recalled that among the “much has been provided” we have received from the Lord, is that the gospel message is faithfully proclaimed week after week and that we have faithful volunteers who help assure others will have an opportunity to hear the gospel message.  We are blessed with many who, after long hours of serving others, will help with the needs of their church family or help take care of the arrangements needed to provide a worship service, home Bible study or classroom teaching of adults and children.  As Thanksgiving Day approaches, let’s include in our Thanksgiving these workers who often get up early, stay up late and add hours to their days to be faithful with what they have been given.  Moreover, perhaps we can join them and we will all look forward to hearing “well done good and faithful servant”.

May God bless you during your Thanksgiving season as you consider what you have done with the “much has been given” in your life!

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