2/9/16: Doing Anything Well?
At graduations, there’s always that kid who has all the asterisks behind her name in the program indicating how many honors she has received. She makes her way to the podium about ten times to pick up certificates for participation, leadership, and high achievement, not to mention the scholarship awards (some actual checks) she’s earned. By mid-program, each time a new accolade is announced, the audience mouths her name along with the presenter.
Green is not our color.
Unless that’s our child, we’re at least a little bit jealous. Yet, even as we sit stewing in the our-kid-could-have-done-that juices, we realize that Certificate-Girl did a lot of hard work to make it to this point. Honors and awards follow diligence.
As in the earth realm, so too in God’s economy. Jesus likens the kingdom of heaven to a man traveling in a far country who leaves his fortune in the hands of his servants to care for while he’s gone. Two of the servants take their master’s money (called talents in the New King James version of the Bible), put it to work, and double it by the time he returns. One servant hides his allotment, and upon his master’s return, hands him exactly what he was originally given. The master reprimands that guy, calling him lazy and wicked, snatches his talent away, and gives it to the first guy. The master tells the first two, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord” Matthew 25:21 and 23 (NKJ).
God expects us to do something with the talents He’s given to us. Are we making the absolute most of all with which He has entrusted us? What will we have to give as an offering to Jesus when He returns? We want to hear Him say, “Well done,” but are we well-doing anything?
Be about the business of well-doing if you want to hear the Master say, “Well done.”
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