Every believer anticipates the day when they will stand before the Lord and perhaps hear Him say, “Well done thou good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:21) Of all the recognition and accolades we may receive here on earth, nothing will compare to hearing this praise from our Savior.
Saints are not the only ones who have desired to hear God’s praise. So did our Savior.
Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest (Jesus) had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God. Since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool, because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. (Hebrews 10:11-14)
For centuries the Jewish people tried to strictly follow the Law of God. This rigid observance required the High Priest to enter into the Holy of Holies once a year with the blood of a sacrificial lamb. But according to today’s scripture, this annual sacrifice never took away their sins. With each new day there was more sin and therefore a need for another sacrifice.
Yet when Jesus offered Himself on the cross, scripture says that it was “one sacrifice” offered “for all time.” Christ’s death was sufficient and therefore afterwards our Lord heard His Father say – “Well done thou good and faithful Servant.”
When I think about Christ pleasing His Father, four words come to my mind:
Surrender – for Jesus to accomplish His Father’s will, He had to surrender His own will.
Sacrifice – from the incarnation to the ascension, Jesus’ life was a life of sacrifice.
Service – Jesus said that He came not ‘to be served, but to serve.’ (Matthew 20:28) Christ was indeed the good and faithful Servant.
Satisfaction – Because Jesus chose to surrender, sacrifice, and to serve – He brought great satisfaction to His Father. Such satisfaction is demonstrated by His Father seating Him at His own right hand and declaring that the day will come when Christ’s enemies will be made His footstool.
There will come a day when each of us will want to hear God say – “Well done thou good and faithful servant”. According to scripture, such recognition will not be given to everyone. It will only be said to those who have chosen to surrender, sacrifice and to serve. Those are the ones who are bringing satisfaction to the Father and who will be recognized for a job well done.