Excerpt from the chapter "Getting a flying start"
Leona Choy's book in progress: FINISHING UP WITH A FLOURISH
Defining "Well done"
How we live after we become a follower of Christ determines whether God will welcome us to Himself with the words “Well done, good and faithful servant! Enter into the joy of your Lord.” Or will we simply hear the words “Well, done!” in the sense that finally we have finished our lives, but we may not have finished well.
My welcome into God’s presence will not be based on having been a “good and perfect servant.” Since all have missed the mark of perfection, before we enter into heaven God has lovingly provided a way for us to become holy and pure enough to dwell there with Him for eternity. Nor is being good in the sense of depending on my own righteousness or good works able to earn God’s commendation of “Well done!” Nor is my welcome based on being a successful servant. How we rate success may be far from how God defines it; His ways are higher than our ways. Nor will it be because I have been a well-known servant. The greatest commendation may come to a believer who has lived his or her life in relative but obedient and holy obscurity. Nor will it be based on being the always busy servant. Being busy and active even in so-called Christian service is not the same as being spiritually fruitful, which is what the Lord is after. God defines fruitfulness, and it may not be what we think it is.
“Good and faithful servant” is God’s expectation of how we should live our life on earth. Good is our standing in the righteousness of Jesus Christ. God looks at us as “in Christ” and works with us as we “work out [not work for] our own salvation with fear and trembling.” God’s way is to transform us through the process of our lifetime into the image of His Son. God commends us on our faithfulness to the purpose for which He gave us life and how obediently we have walked in His ways.