I love accolades. Who doesn’t? Being commended for a job well done feels s-o-o-o delicious, doesn’t it? Just tell me you liked the pork chops, compliment my outfit, or email me a smiley, and you’re Aces in my book; it’s very likely I’ll repeat the effort—you’re in like Flynn.
In taking care of an elderly lady, I’ve discovered something: due to years of being first fiddle, this puny, pathetic patient is put out with saying please—but she does place a thank you in every empty bowl. So, at least for now (lol), she’s still being served three squares a day.
We suburbanites are often a rushed, harried bunch. That email reply often gets bypassed ( btw o.O ftl! ). The “Mom, this is good; thanks!” gets buried under the gravy. Thankfully, eventually we catch ourselves for these oversights and offer a tribute with a Starbucks gift card at Christmas. [Gently interject at this juncture genuine jeering at jerks just expecting recognition.]
The opposite of commendation is condemnation; blame; disapproval; denouncement. We don’t like that so much. In this recent financial recession, many of our shortcomings have been brought to bear; folks have lost longstanding employment over things that in times past were overlooked. We’re forced to beef up our strong suits, because it’s dog-eat-dog out there: less admiration, more censure.
It’s important, regarding accolades, to keep our motivations pure. It is from our Creator we most want to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Charles Spurgeon stated it very well: “If thou hast honor and fame, accept it; but let this prayer go up, “My God, bless thou me indeed, for what profit were it, if my name were in a thousand mouths, if thou shouldest spue it out of thy mouth? What matter, though my name were written on marble, if it were not written in the Lamb’s Book of Life?” So, relish the thanks for the pork chops; but be sure your life is aiming for a smiley from above. As for me, the alternative is unthinkable.
This finishes today’s one-minute blog. Following is some bonus material.
Principles from Matthew 23-25
Great condemnation will come to:
Those taking money from widows
So-called evangelists developing a brood of cheaters
Those without sacrificial contrition
Those who put their hope in / swear by anything other than God
Those who obey minor laws but ignore justice, mercy, and faith
Those who appear righteous but inside are sinful
Those who habitually disobey God’s laws
Those who think they would’ve exceeded predecessors’ righteousness but prove otherwise by killing God’s messengers
Signs of the end of the age –and- What it will be like
Temple torn down
Deceivers claiming to be the Savior
Rumors of wars
Difficulty, hatred, or death of Christians
Offenses and betrayal
False prophets deceiving many
Weak faith / cold love (but some will endure and be saved)
The gospel preached in all the world
Abomination in the holy place
Trouble like never before
When the true Savior comes, there will be no doubt.
Powers of heaven shaken
Sign from heaven
All tribes will mourn
We will see Him coming with power and glory
Great trumpet sound
The elect gathered from everywhere
It will be soon
It will happen for sure
No one knows when, even the angels
People will be caught off-guard
Some will be taken, some will be left; watch and walk rightly!
Unbelievers walking in sin will end up crying and gnashing teeth.
It’s like would-be brides surprised by the groom’s sudden arrival; they had no lamp oil so didn’t get to the chapel on time.
It’s like a boss delegating responsibilities; the diligent get rewarded, but slackers get fired.
John 3:36 He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
Matt. 25:31-46 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
“Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’
“Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”