LIVE FOR THE LORD’S COMMENDATION
For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends. —II Corinthians 10:18
Of Noah the Lord said, “I have found you righteous in this generation.” —Genesis 7:1
Of Abraham the Lord said, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. —James 2:23
Of Job the Lord said, “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one on earth like him, a man who is blameless and upright, who fears God and shuns evil.” —Job 1:8
Of David the Lord said, “I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.” —Acts 13:22
Of the faithful servant the Lord said, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”
When I read the commendations the Lord gives to those servants of the past I wonder— What would the Lord say about me? What would the Lord say about you?
Am I righteous? Am I a friend of God? Am I blameless and upright, fearing God and avoiding evil? Do I have a heart after God, being obedient to Him? Am I a good and faithful servant?
Here’s what the Apostle Paul said:
So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Now it is required of stewards that they be found faithful. I care very little, however, if I am judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not vindicate me. It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God. —I Corinthians 4:1-5
When Jesus comes He will “expose the motives of men’s hearts.” The Apostle Paul said that he even was waiting for Jesus to expose the motives of men’s hearts because even though his conscience was clear that did not make him necessarily free from blame. Our praise will come from our Lord Jesus. That is what we desire!
What will be said of us? We will find out on that Day. Dear Father may I live faithful until I see Jesus. My desire is just to hear the Words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” May it be so! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZu7mfYS_VY