Revelation 20-22

"After a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. 'Master', he said, 'You entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.' His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'"  Matthew 25:19-21, NIV 

This is it! This is the reason that we have been studying. We have been seeking the Master's will so that we can know how best to serve Him during the few days we have here on earth. And, despite all of our shortcomings and failures, God will always let us come back to Him on His terms so that one day we may here those thrilling words, "Well done!"

If you have made it through the 90 days of studying the New Testament, then you have discovered many things that you did not know before. You many have come across teachings that made you angry - not with God or Christ, but with those who you trusted to teach you the whole truth, but who perhaps fell a bit short.

You have no doubt come across passages that made you embarrassed for your previous failings. You have come across passages that sent your heart soaring with the hope of eternal life that God has promised to the faithful servant. You have read more about Jesus and His sacrifice than you might have ever read before, and you were likely overcome with sorrow at the price of your sins, and joy at the fact that Jesus paid the penalty for them.

And maybe, just maybe, you have learned that this life is a life of service. You have learned that service is a privilege given to us as a gift of God's grace, rather than something to be avoided because of God's grace.

And you have learned that you can have a certainty of the things that God has promised, if you will just stop living a selfish, little life and start living a selfless, large life of service to both the Father and the Son!

So if you have made it this far, congratulations! Today is graduation day for you!

Now, may I add a word of encouragement? Graduation day is not the end, but a commencement. This means that now that you have begun your studies, you can commence - that is, continue, with you service to the Master. If you now question whether or not you were ever born again (saved) and had your sins washed away (forgiven), then by all means do something about it. If you find that you have been living in error (that's sin) then do something about it! And, if you find that you have not been serving God and Christ as they have commanded you to serve Them, then...

Do something about it!

God has called you to be saved. You want to hear the words, "Well done, good and faithful servant" someday. So, in reality, though you have just finished what may have been the most intense study of God's Word that you have ever made, your studies are not now ended...

They are just beginning! May God richly bless your efforts to remain a daily Bible student and a servant who is truly "daily devoted" to Him!

 

"Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with Me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done." Revelation 22:12, NIV