What do you long to hear?

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

“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 and share your master’s happiness!’
(Matthew 25:23 (NIV))

“Come and share your master’s happiness!”

I want you to think about who will hear these words.

These people will not be the ones who have chased after everything that this world has to offer. They will not be the ones who have experienced sin without remorse. They will not be the people who say that they do not need a savior. And, they will not be the ones who casually claim Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

These words will be spoken to those who have longed to know God and His heart. They will be spoken to those who have earnestly accepted Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. They will be spoken to those people who have called upon the name of Jesus in honesty and sincerity and not only when they are in need of help.

We all know people who only pray when they want something. These are the type of people who look upon God and the gift of His Son, Jesus, as some magical genii who will come to their rescue whenever they call.

It would be an interesting world if God were like this, but it would not be a world where I would want to live. God is not in the business of granting wishes.

God longs for each of us to learn His heart and to live accordingly. This means that we always follow His heart and His will in all of our actions, and not only when we want something. God longs for us to mature in the image of Jesus. God wants us to become a dedicated follower of His word and His Son. He wants each of us to become a good and faithful servant, yet, this servant hood is not one of duty. It is a servant hood of love. It is a servant hood of faith in the promises that God has made.

I long to stand firm in my faith. I long to do the will of God in the least of things, so that He can trust me to do them in all things. I long to know God’s heart so that I may do His will.

I long to hear those words.

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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