“His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant…”
— Matthew 25:21, kjv
We only have one life. We have to make it count. But count for what? What is the purpose of life?
We are deluged with positive thinking types of messages these days. Some of them are outwardly Christian. However, if you dig a little deeper, often you find essentially a humanistic message with a Christian veneer.
The key question is this: In whom is our trust? Ourselves or God? Positive thinking beats negative thinking. But best of all, is sanctified positive thinking.
Americans are consumed with success. However, what is the ultimate success? Is it not making it to heaven? To be successful in this world only and then be cast into eternal hell is ultimate failure. True success means not only going to heaven, but helping others to get there also by spreading the Gospel.
The world tells us repeatedly to trust in ourselves, to have self-confidence. Our goal instead should be to have Christ-confidence. Are we putting all our emphasis on this life only or the next? It’s an important question.
On the one hand, some worldly success can actually be counter to God’s purposes. On the other hand, it is a sin to bury our talents. God has given them to us that we may glorify Him in all we do.
To achieve real success in life, we should strive to serve the Lord so diligently that one day He will look us in the face and say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
Lord Jesus, please help me to do the right things for You as a thank You for the salvation You have earned by Your blood. If there is anything in my life that would keep You from saying “Well done” at the end of my life, please prune it away…
BY GOD’S STRENGTH, WE CAN SO LIVE
AS TO BE COMMENDED BY CHRIST.