Joy in the Journey







In well done my good and faithful servant, the Lord assesses our journey, not our destiny. Temple Ministry

When one thinks out loud or writes the thoughts on paper, there are risks—especially if the focus is on what God has to say.  In today’s message, I wish to share what is stirring around in me relative to Matt 25:21 (Amp Bible).  His master said to him, “Well done, you upright (honorable, admirable) and faithful servant! You have been faithful and trustworthy over a little; I will put you in charge of much.  Enter into and share the joy (the delight, the blessedness) which your master enjoys.”

If you are like me, passing tests, entrance exams, or winning personal, marital, family, social, economic, medical or physical challenges are all worth accomplishing.  If God is real and He is, then passing into His joy forever must stand alone as our ultimate Spiritual assessment.  Sadly, many of us fail to give this point of Truth’s judgment the critical weight it commands.

We encourage you to take time on your own to meditate on the gravity of what is being said here, what it means, and how it applies to each of us, especially you.  As a loving prompt, please consider our little snapshot of this profound transition.  May you hear God’s voice, respond to it, and share it as well.

In God’s graciousness, He knows our efforts will never be perfect like His.  “Well done” is being a cut above the rest.  It describes an inspired and produced excellence, not a faultless performance.  “My” is His right to our ownership and the personal relationship He’s designed for us in Him. “Good” are those called and anointed by Him and one He’s counted on for Kingdom purposes.  “Faithful” and trustworthy over a little suggests one following Solomon’s simple conclusion of reverencing God and obeying His commandments.  Finally, because we pass our short lived and preliminary earth tests of responsibility and accountability in Him as His “servants,” God will glorify us into His full holy presence and labor of love like Adam and Eve enjoyed prior to their disobedience.

Family and friends, our journey is what God is watching, encouraging, protecting, and desiring to enrich. With our determined permission, our character, attitudes, hopes, potential, and final breath is His to establish and perfect.  If we do that, then His Book is open, the answers are right and true, the risks are gone and in humble boldness we can say, write, and one day expect to joyfully hear, “Well done……

Acts 20:24; Heb 9:27; John 15:11; Neh 8:10; Ps 119:133