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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Well Done on Earth

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).

Not only are these words spoken to Christ's children who have passed on to be with Him, but they are also spoken for those that serve Him in this world, but are not recognized for their service. They are spoken for those who quietly work for Him faithfully, who face trials and suffering without announcing their plight, and share His love wherever it is needed without needing recognition.

If I serve Him faithfully here on earth, then I do enter into a fuller spiritual life of His joy. It is one where earthly recognition of service means nothing, but His recognition means everything. This world may never recognize my service for Him, but He knows, and He rewards, not with earthly fame or riches, but with the incredible gift of His joy. It is His joy that brings peace when facing pain. It is His joy that no one can steal from me. There is nothing on earth that offers His kind of joy.

Whatever suffering I quietly facewhatever I do in His name without notice, I will serve Him without the need of earthly recognition. My suffering or circumstance will spur me to serve, and His joy will come, not as a reward of what I have done, but as a reward of my heart given away in spite of my own pain.

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