Last night, I let  Maggie and Mamie, my two Shih Tzus, out the back door one more time before we went to bed. Mamie was surprisingly efficient and was back inside in no time. 

Maggie, however, was another story. The rumble of the train as it passed through our town was audible in the distance. Maggie doesn’t like the deep rumbling sound so she barked her hardest to make it stop, just as she always does.

I finally grew tired of the barking, stepped outside and walked toward Maggie. Her little barking did nothing at all to stop the big train, but I said what she waited to hear.

“Good job, Maggie. You can come in now.”

I’m not sure why she waits for those words but she always does. Immediately, she stopped barking and ran inside.

It’s a Shih Tzu’s job to be territorial around their owner. When she barks at the train, she’s doing what she was born to do and waiting for affirmation of her faithfulness.

Last night, as she ran in the door, I wondered if all my works are a little like barking at the train. Good effort but no effect.

The words I most want to hear…

One day, I’ll step into eternity and listen expectantly for the words I most want to hear, too. “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Hearing those words then depends upon the choices I make now, upon the actions I take.

As believers, our salvation from hell is faith-based. Our commendations in eternity are, in many ways, works-based and utterly dependent upon what we do with what we’ve been given. Did we take five talents and turn them into ten? Did we take one talent and turn it into two or did we take one talent and do nothing with it?

Let’s ask ourselves a serious question with eternal consequences. Will my actions today concerning that entrusted to me by God earn me a “well done” in eternity or not?

If not, let’s make a change. We can one day hear “well done” from our Heavenly Father, but only if we do well now.

“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave; you were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” Matthew   25:23 nasb

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