Matthew 25:21 – King James Version
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.
Earlier this week, I had to give my youngest a life lesson I hope she will never, ever forget. Seems she was taking cookies from the cafeteria at school that was not a part of the lunch she was entitled to. Yep, my baby girl was stealing cookies. After I got over the initial shock, I realized that I had to use this moment to talk to her and teach her that stealing is not at all what she wants to be known for.
In my room, just the two of us, I opened the Bible and showed her again the commandments and we read through them all until we got to “Thou Shalt Not Steal”. I told my baby that we are to live by God’s rules and try each day to do what is right. I then took her to where it says that if we confess our sins, God is faithful to forgive. I took her hands in mine and prayed first that God would forgive me for anything I had done wrong and then that He would forgive Vianna cause I know she was very sorry! By the end of the prayer, my child was in tears as the Holy Ghost did His work. She said she was sorry and would not do it again and I believe her! The Holy Ghost whipped her better than I could! Praise God!
The next morning, on the way to school, I spoke to her and her older sister about your reputation and how we should strive to have what others say about us always be something positive and good. Not people trying to get away from us when we come into a room because they heard something bad about you.
As I was speaking to them, I felt myself becoming convicted as well. What was my reputation? What are people saying about me? Am I doing all I can to ensure that I am being kind, pleasant and showing the love of God in all that I say and do?
My church lost our praise and worship leader a few weeks ago. It was sudden and totally unexpected for us all. We are moving forward but Elder Chappell’s worship ministry is missed by all. I was fortunate to be able to attend the memorial held in his honor for the East coast friends and family he left behind. It was a service marked by good singing and many testimonies of the kind of person Elder was and the impression he made on all those he met. His reputation was one of an upright Christian man who loved the Lord and was not ashamed to show it when he opened his mouth to sing.
More than anything, I want that to be my reputation, don’t you? That when others speak of me, they can testify of the Jesus in me that they saw in everything I do and say. One of my best friend’s grandmother would say to us all the time as she told us what she wanted us to know that she had to give an account to God for what she did and said. Her favorite song was “May The Work I’ve Done Speak for Me”.
I understand much better now what she was trying to tell us. That when it was all said and done, and the story of her life was written, she wanted people to know through her actions that she loved the Lord and showed that love by doing all she could to help others. She lived by example showing even extended family like me that this may not be an easy life but we must do first and foremost what is required by our Lord and Savior.
Let us all live so we can hear the Master say WELL DONE!!!
Striving to live victoriously in 2013!