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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

"Well Done"

Rules for Rearing Children - 2“His lord said unto him, 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 thy lord.” Matthew 25:21




My girls and I have been enjoying catching bits and pieces of the Olympic games taking place in London.  Deanna, Breanna, and Julianna were catching the last few minutes of the girl's gymnastic competition, and I heard them get excited.  I came running in the room to see what happened and they were excitedly telling me "We won gold!"  We were all excited because "we beat those Russians!" I looked at the screen to see what our gymnastic team's response would be, and I saw their coach step into the circle of girls and say, "Well done.”  That is all he said to the team. Now, I didn't really get to watch their performance so I don't know how they performed their routines (I'm not really a gymnastics fan; I just like it when "we beat those Russians" at anything!). By the words of their coach, and their tears, and the gold medals that soon hung from their necks, I judged they performed well.

I was immediately reminded that we are pressing for a mark, and striving to obtain a crown in Heaven.  Millions of Christians from ages gone will be gathered around the throne of Christ, and though they may never have been famous preachers, or known Christian authors, and though many there will not know what their performance for Christ was like, we will know what they achieved when we hear Jesus say to them, "Well done.”  The joy, and satisfaction, and fulfillment a saint will have when he hears his Saviour say, "Well done" will far surpass any earthly medal. How well are you doing? Are you...

●Faithfully reading your Bible?
●Praying every day?
●Witnessing for Christ?
●Encouraging fellow Christians?
●Restoring those who fall?
●Living a Spirit-filled life?
●Loving others?
●Faithfully serving in the church?

If not, get busy now!!!  If so, keep keeping on! Don't quit until you hear the Lord say, "Well done.”

Study verses: Matthew 25:14-26; Romans 14:10; II Corinthians 5:9-13

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Previous devotions

"Bearing His Death" - July 25, 2012
"Down By The Riverside" - July 11, 2012

"Thank You, Jesus!" - July 4, 2012
"Modern Day Sodom" - June 27, 2012
"Keeping What Has Been Committed" - June 13, 2012
"The Pause That Refreshes" - June 6, 2012

"The Sin of Idleness" - May 30, 2012
"Remembered" - May 23, 2012

"Graduating Diamonds" - May 16, 2012
"Mom-Others" - May 9, 2012
True Motherhood - May 2, 2012

What Missions Means to Me - April 25, 2012
The King and the Witch - April 18, 2012

Rules for Rearing Children (Part 4) - April 11, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 3) - April 4, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 2) - March 28, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 1) - March 21, 2012

Gullible Christians - March 14, 2012
Tenacity - March 7, 2012
Above the Storm - February 29, 2012
The Principal Thing - February 22, 2012
The Greatest Valentine - February 15, 2012
He First Loved Us - February 8, 2012
Real Love - February 1, 2012
Pardon Your Enemies - January 25, 2012
Applause - January 18, 2012
Finish! - January 11, 2012
Meeting New Goals - January 4, 2012
Meeting New Goals - December 28, 2011
The Word Made Flesh - December 21, 2011
Sonship - December 14, 2011
Fruit in Old Age - December 7, 2011
Dangers of Multi-tasking - November 30, 2011
Ingratitude - November 22, 2011
"Wash! Wash! Wash!" - November 16, 2011
"The Pastor" - November 9, 2011
"Value of a Name" - November 2, 2011

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