How can I be sure that the life I am living will some day allow me to hear “well done” from Jesus? I know that my salvation is all of His grace so I am not concerned about that. I know some people think I have amazing patience and error on the side of grace. I am not confident that their opinion has much validity. I know some people think I error on the side of having no boundaries and let people use me in a way that is of no benefit to them or me. I am not confident that their opinion has much validity either.
My mentor in ministry pointed me to this practice: “Sum up at night what thou hast done by day. And in the morning what thou hast to do. Dress and undress thy soul. Mark the decay and growth of it. ”― George Herbert
But how do I measure decay and growth?
In “Simply Jesus,” N T Wright uses these words when explaining the Passover Meal Jesus celebrated with his disciples before his death “this is how the presence of Jesus is to be known among his followers. Sacrifice and presence.”
What if I were to measure my day by evidence of sacrifice and presence?
I would not get much applause from the crowds and there would be no post cards to send from my vacation.
But would the angels be celebrating? Would Jesus be recognized as our reigning King? Would I have joy simply because the One Who loves me has promised that when I commit my way to Him He will give me the desires of my heart.
I would deeply value your thoughts.