by Annie Duarte
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‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things’ (Matthew 25:21).
‘Well done, good and faithful servant!’ Aren’t these the words we all long to hear the Lord speak to us when we arrive in eternity? We are all children longing to make our dad proud. As we run the race with endurance, this is the affirmation that awaits us at the finish line. The journey to heaven presents us with countless opportunities to serve Jesus and to make him proud each day.
Obedience is the key. It is faith in action. Real obedience happens when our trust in Jesus is so sure that we feel secure enough to act upon his instructions to us. We are called to not only be hearers of the word but also doers (James 1:22).
You may have found yourself asking God why he hasn’t entrusted you with your lifelong dream yet. When I consider the anointed saints of history, I ask, ‘Why, Lord, have you not called me to a great mission like that?’ But the Lord gently reminds me, ‘You wouldn’t be ready for your heart’s desire if I gave it to you now. You need to learn to obey me in the small things first’.
God is growing me through small acts of obedience. He is making me into the kind of servant he wants me to be little by little, day by day. Earthly parents do this all the time. I want to see that my child can care for a bicycle before I consider teaching her to drive. I want her to remember to feed the fish before we talk about getting a dog. Whatever the Lord has entrusted you with presently is such a gift. It is an opportunity to show him your love and obedience. Carefully consider what God is asking of you right now. He is surely using your current circumstance to build you up so that he can entrust more to you later.
Jesus, I want to be a good and faithful servant. Holy Spirit, help me to listen and obey and to be a doer of your word for your glory. Amen.