I’m a little late in posting this today - just got back from a few days in Ft. Walton Beach.
II Corinthians 5:10 says, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” That is where I’d like to hear those wonderful words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant!”
In Matthew 25:14-30, Jesus tells the parable of the talents. Verse 14 says, “For the kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.”
To one of his servants he gives five talents (in the form of money), another two, and another, one, all distributed according to their abilities. (Talent in this parable is looked at by many as actual talent or gifts the Lord gives us.)
“Far country” in this verse represents the time that Jesus is in heaven between his first coming and his final return. The three servants represent three different people, all given various tasks according to their abilities and talents. Their results will not be the same, but they are expected to show their faithfulness with what they have had entrusted to them.
The first two servants double their talents. To them their Lord replies, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of they Lord.”
As for the third servant, verses 24 -28 tell us, “Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord I knew thee that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strewed. And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.”
“His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strewed. Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.”
Hearing those wonderful words, “Well done my good and faithful servant” is not dependent on how much money we make, or how many souls we save, or how many children we have. It is about what we have accomplished according to God’s plans for our lives. How have we used the gifts He gave us? Did we reach the goal He set for us? Did we even know what that goal was?
Everybody’s individual reason for living on this earth is different, yet all in accordance with God’s plans. That will always involve reaching out to others with the gifts God gave us and spreading His love.
More to come on fulfilling your purpose.