Here’s another quote I saw that rankled me:
I don’t wanna hear ‘well done good and faithful servant.’
I just wanna hear, “yup, you’re in.”
This one bothers me on several levels.
First, who in their right mind would say they don’t want to hear God say to them, “well done, good and faithful servant?” I mean, why would you not want to hear that?
Second, the context of this biblical phrase is instructive here (imagine that).
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.
His lord said unto him, Well done, 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.
What do you notice about both passages?
Here’s what I noticed:
Every one he said “well done good and faithful servant” to, he then told them to “enter in!”
In other words, the only ones God says are “in,” are ones who were good and faithful servants!
I mean, I don’t know. There are days I wonder.
But this is typical Christianity today. People don’t think what they do matters. That salvation and subsequent living have nothing to do with each other.
There’s a sanctimony here as well. I’m too good for doing good. As long as I’m in is all that matters; I don’t need praise, and certainly not reward.
That is asinine.
I’ve heard many people talk about the selfishness and materialism of serving God for reward. That’s just dumb. The Bible says many times God wants to and will reward service. It’s not wrong to want God’s praise and reward.
Again, this is another effort to make what I do a minor issue, and yet the Bible is so consistent and repetitive on this: what we do matters.
The only ones who get in are the ones who do what God has created them to do. This isn’t rocket science. Not is it legalism, nor works righteousness, nor telling people to work themselves into salvation.
It’s the power of the Gospel to transform sinners into saints!
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
–1 Corinthians 6:9-11