Well done, good and faithful servant

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “How to inhabit time”
Our Bible verse for today: “Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful over a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Share your master’s joy.” Matthew 25:23 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Well done, good and faithful servant”
As we prepare to close our two-month study of how to inhabit time, I want to bring us back for our last few days to what is perhaps the primary issue we need to focus on if we’re going to live well – faithfulness and dependability. Although the best use of our time at any given moment varies considerably depending on a wide variety of circumstances and considerations, the truth still remains that in each moment we need to be where we’re supposed to be, doing what we’re supposed to be doing (whatever it is that is most appropriate for that moment).
The writer Bob Goff once noted, “Nobody will be remembered for what he planned to do.” Right. We will be remembered for what we actually did, not for what we said we were going to do but then never actually did. Have you ever had to deal with someone like that, the guy who always had an excuse? He had the best of intentions – he was going to do this, and he was going to do that, but then something always seems to come up. There’s always a reason he didn’t do what he said he was going to do, or wasn’t where he was supposed to be. Despite your best intentions, regardless of what you planned to do, it’s what you actually do that matters – everything is just talk.
In the parable found in Matthew 25:14-27 Jesus told the story of three servants, each was entrusted with resources, and each was expected to do something meaningful with what had been given to them. Two of them did that, and they were then commended by the master. The third made excuses and was admonished by the Lord. Jesus’ point was clear – it’s doing that matters. We’re expected to be faithful and dependable.
To live the Christian life well, and to make the best use of the gift of time the Lord grants to us each day, we must be thoughtful and faithful. We have to be intentional about how we use each moment, and we need to be faithful and dependable to do what we’re supposed to do and be where we’re supposed to be.
When it’s all said and done, will you hear the Lord say to you, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”? That will depend largely on what you did with your time.
God bless,
Pastor Jim  
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