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 KJV See also Revelation 20:12
Here we see Jesus pointing out a kingdom principle. Let’s focus on that very important word, “done.” Other places in the Scripture point out this principle as well. James 1:22 is a good example. It tells us that if we only listen to the word, but do nothing, we are deceiving ourselves. On the day we stand in judgement before the Lord there will be no commendation for good listening, good talking, good discussion, good thinking, etc. There is a joy that we will never experience unless we actually become doers of what He tells us to do.
I have to ask myself, “What things has Jesus said that I am actually doing, and what things am I not doing?” It is easy to think of a few things that I am doing, hence justifying myself. Most of those things are the ones that are not a real challenge to me. How about some of the challenging things that take me out of my comfort zone? Can I open a conversation with a complete stranger and tell them about the kingdom? I’m not talking about a methodology here, but about letting the life of the King who lives in me just flow out and touch another’s life. Can I boldly pray for someone in the grocery store? Can I cast out demons when I am in the bank? We have been given His authority and instructions to do such things and many more. He said to do these things “...as you go...”
Lord, I don’t want to be just a talker or thinker, I want to become a living example of a doer of Your word. I want to hear You say to me on judgment day, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” I want to experience that joy that You offer to the doers of Your word. I ask that You do whatever it takes, that You put me in places and provoke me by Your Holy Spirit to live this out in such a way that in the doing of it, it will become part of who I am in You.
Brother David Hawkes