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Have I done enough for Jesus?

Pastor Mike Wittmer

Cedar Springs Baptist Church

233 S. Main St, Cedar Springs

My father-in-law passed away last October. In one of our final conversations, he wished he had told more people about Jesus and that his life had attracted more people to his Savior. He wanted so badly to hear “Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matthew 25:21; NIV). But he feared that God would say, “After all I did for you, why didn’t you do more for me?”

I understood his concern. We can always do more, speak more, serve more. But I told him that I couldn’t imagine God telling us that. God is not only our Master. If we have put our faith in his Son, then he is also our Father. The Apostle Paul explains, “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith” (Galatians 3:26).

Slaves may cower before their master, but children know they can trust the kindness of a good father. Paul writes, “The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15).

Every good father loves his children, though they sometimes disappoint him. Their failures in no way affect his love and acceptance. A good dad does not bring up all the ways his kids have let him down. He embraces his children, no matter what. Why would we think any less of our heavenly Father?

So last October, my father-in-law slipped from earth into the presence of his heavenly Father. One moment his heart and breathing stopped; the next moment he awoke in the arms of Jesus. I imagine there was a long hug, and many tears. How to describe the recognition that one doesn’t measure up, yet is fully accepted anyway? For the first time, my father-in-law felt that he was fully known, and fully loved.

He realized then what we must realize now. The most important question is not Have I done enough for God? The only question that matters is What has God done for me? He loves us so much that “he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). 

There’s only one thing for us to do. Tell Jesus that we have put all our faith in him. Rest entirely in him and what he has done. Then we will hear our Father’s proud affirmation, “Welcome home, child!”

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