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Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant!

Matthew 25:23

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!’

profileAs I write this devotional thought on Tuesday morning for Wednesday – I look out my office window and you guessed it – snow is falling. I believe winter has been heard from this year in our area for sure.  If this snowfall measures an inch or two – it will be our 14th weather related situation this winter I believe – maybe more. One might say – well done, winter while some might say some things I couldn’t print here.  I saw a picture of a snowman on its back in my doctor’s office recently with knives stuck in it with the caption – Die Winter, Die. You get the frustration some have for winter this year.  It is spring already and we’re still dealing with snow!

As winter has done a good job – I found this passage this morning – and wondered if we were doing a good job – by the Spirit’s leading – serving and witnessing for Jesus?  The Master in this story was traveling a great distance and decided to leave responsibility for his business to his servants.  Two of the servants did well with their responsibilities.  Today’s passage was a reply to one of them – Matthew 25:23 – 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!’

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March 26, 2014 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Are We Ready to Face God?

Amos 4:12

Prepare to meet your God!

In the movies – as the movie is coming to a close – we often see these words – The End.  At times – the end comes before we want it to.  Often I find myself saying – they should have done this or that rather than end the movie that way.  The end often doesn’t come the way we would have it come.  This is often true in real life as well – the end often comes when we least expect it – like a thief in the night the Bible says.

In the movies – we have heard today’s passage – probably said this way – prepare to meet your Maker!  As we age we might think about this from time to time – thinking of the end and meeting our Maker.  I know one night this week I went to bed thinking about my life ending and standing before God.  This time it was a pleasant thought. Have you ever thought of meeting your Maker?

Several places in the Bible we are brought to the place of reflection – thinking about the end of our earthly lives.  Most of us have probably gone there in our thought life – and from various angles.

Maybe we have thoughts of judgment day and reflect upon John’s writings in Revelation 20:11-13 – 11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done.

Maybe your thoughts are more in line with hearing these words found in Matthew 25:23 – “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!’

Amos – in his book by the same name in the Bible – is trying to warn the people of the earth that God’s wrath will not be held back forever.  God will not be mocked – nor will God allow us to sin forever.  Time and time again God has tried to reach out to His creation – but the time will come – whether it is the end of our personal lives or the end of time as we know it – that we will face our Maker – our God.  Are you ready?  A dear brother recently told me he was ready to go home – to meet his God – and I believe he was.  Are we?

“Therefore this is what I will do to you, Israel, and because I will do this to you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel.”

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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