Devotions By Jan

Well Done?

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Scripture for Today: Matthew 25:21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come share your master’s happiness!'”

My biggest fear in baking a turkey is bringing it out underdone and killing all my guests and family!  I have learned from painful experience that just because my turkey is nicely browned does not mean that it is cooked all the way through!  Believing the charts and knowing my oven helps me gauge doneness but the best way to avoid food poisoning is using a meat thermometer.  By the way, that is not my oven.  It has never been that clean!

Today’s verse has nothing to do with cooking or doneness.  These words are from a parable about a master and his servants who were to invest his money for him.  Two of the servants made his money grow and were commended for their work.   They were faithful to obey and do what they were told.  These two servants were rewarded for their faithfulness with more responsibility, an invitation to share in his happiness, and with words of commendation, “well done.”

It is my goal to one day hear those words from my Savior on entering Heaven.  On my own it is impossible.  But He has through His power given me everything I need to live the godly life He requires (II Peter 1:3).  Because of His nature in me, I can be productive and effective for Him (verse 8).  I can be a “good and faithful servant” only because He gives me what I need to live for Him!

Today, I am especially thankful that He has given me faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, affection and love!

Thank you Lord, for giving me Yourself!

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