“The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant’.” – Matthew 25:23a
“Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
Anytime I hear this, whether it be a new teaching or some other aspect, I struggle. Not because I see myself as a bad person or underserving, but rather because I’ve always been a people-pleaser. I struggle to say no, and the worst feeling in the world for me is letting someone down or not being able to help. I know what the Bible tells me about identity and I know nothing in this world can separate me from His love, but I struggle with a works mentality that what I do is what earns my place. What really earns my place is not anything I do at all, but only by the love and grace of my Heavenly Father am I defined as a beloved child of God.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries for tomorrow – not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:38-39, NLT
My mind is my own worst enemy, and if you’re being honest, you’ve been there and you know exactly what I mean. I’ve never been one to follow the crowds, and while I enjoy walking to the beat of my own drum, the nature of my inner being also craves fulfilling relationships. This is where my people-pleaser personality came into play. Before I became a child of God I placed my identity in what I felt I meant to others, which was typically characterized by my last works for them. I was a train wreck of emotions as I strived so hard to stay on their good side.
Today I am grateful for the grace and love of my Abba Daddy. He’s been building my, gently teaching me who I really am – who He says I am. Every now and again my old nature tries to sneak up on me, getting me to strive too hard for approval in what I do. However, I now have the power and authority to come back to the Throne of Grace to be refilled and reminded that I am a child of God, and none of my works – good or bad – can ever change the fact. My identity is a child of God, and it is solid.
“So let us come boldly to the throne of gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” – Hebrews 4:16
I want to leave you today with encouragement from a song I recently heard which massaged my heart. It is from The Afters, and it is called “Well done”. When I first started listening, my struggles with the phrase wrestled my heart, but as I listened to the lyrics the words penetrated deeply. Here is a snippet which grabbed me so deeply:
What will it be like when tears are washed away
And every broken thing will finally be made whole?
What will it be like when I come into your glory
Standing in the presence of a love so beautiful?
I’m waiting my whole life for that day
I will live my life to hear You say
Well done, well done
My good and faithful one
Welcome to the place where you belong
Well done, well done
My beloved child
You have run the race and now you’re home
Welcome to the place where you belong.
Enjoy the song and be encouraged as you enjoy the view.
The Afters – Well Done