His lord said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.” (Matthew 25:21)
The Only Words That Will Matter
Many words mean a lot to us but nothing will compare to hearing our Father say, “Well done” and “Enter in.” Life is full of struggles and warring against the devil is a constant barrage of temptation. The flesh is consumed with pain, suffering and tears. Joy fills the heart knowing that life is not about the here and now but the blessing of eternity with God. A day of judgment is coming for all men. What we hear on that day is the only thing about life that is going to matter. Forgotten are the worries of work in its frantic rush of daily labor. Riches will fade from memory because they are no more. Temptation is gone because the flesh is destroyed. In a world of never ending existence, most men will find the horror of destruction. For the child of God, they will rejoice in the blessed words of the Savior that exclaims, “Well done.” These words will acknowledge the assurance of an eternal home in the presence of the Father when He says, “Enter in.”
In the parable of the talents, Jesus gives hope that laboring in this life is not vain when we seek to do His will. We come to the Father in different ways. There are five talent, two talent and one talent people striving to do all they can with what they have. The point of the story is not to suggest one individual is better than the other. Rather, it shows the responsibility we all have before God to do our best with what we have. The reward of the five and two talents was the same and would have been for the one talent if he had not been fearful and hid his talent. Judgment day is not going to be a time to brag about our five talents over the one talent men. The Lord expects the same from all of His servants; whatever place they find themselves in the kingdom. When God says, “Well done” – He declares the joy of knowing our lives were spent in serving Him with all our might and trust. Saying that we have done well is the favor of God on those who diligently seek His will in their life.
Death brings the reality of God’s love and His wrath. The knowledge of eternal punishment will be on the hearts of most people because they did not believe in God. There will be no turning back and no opportunity to change the course of their eternal life. They will not hear the words of joy but will fearfully embrace the words, “Depart from me, you who practice lawlessness.” Those words will bring horror. For the child of God, the words “Enter in” will bring joy beyond comparison as they are ushered into the eternal kingdom of the Father. No two words will be of greater importance than knowing the Father invites us home with Him. He will wipe away our tears, take away our sorrow and remove all pain from our life. Entering into the pearly city of redemption will be something more glorious than we have ever seen before. Our praise will be eternal because we heard the words, “Well done” and “Enter in.” Thank you Father God for your love for me.
Eventually, many of us will meet for the first time, and in Christ we are always sure that Christians never meet for the last time. (Vance Havner; 1901-1986)