Words from the Heart for Monday August 20th, 2018
The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’
Matthew 25:21 (NLT)
It really is possible to bring our Master joy and to celebrate with Him. In this story Jesus told there are two out of three who handle what the master placed in their care successfully. They are called “faithful” by the Master. He delights in telling us, “Well done.” Ask Him for greater strength for service today.
You might be surprised to discover that Canada has a hamburger law. It you travel to the US, and order a hamburger in a sit down restaurant, you will likely be asked how you want it cooked. Not in Canada. Canada has a law that says only well done hamburgers are legal. You can’t order a medium-rare burger. You can’t get a medium burger or a medium-well burger. You can only get a burger cooked completely through, to 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
I heard about a pastor in a large city who got on a bus one Monday morning and gave the driver his fare. The driver gave him change and when the pastor got to his seat, he noticed the driver had given him too much back. So the pastor went to the driver and said, “You gave me too much back.” The driver said, “I know. I was in church yesterday and heard you speak on honesty and integrity. I thought I would see if you live out on Monday what you preach on Sunday.” This is a great illustration of the principle that Jesus teaches us in Matthew 25:21, “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’” We are called to live out this Kingdom of God principle in our daily lives. God sees how we are living our lives, and it ought to be the desire of every one of His followers to live with such integrity what when we stand before Him someday, we will hear Him say to us, well done.
These have been words from the heart.