I think I may have shared before, my love of this bible verse from Jesus’ parable of the talents. "Well done, good and faithful servant" (Matthew 25.23a), a word of affirmation from the master to one of the stewards who had been charged with looking after and making the most of his possessions.
It is also a verse which C. S. Lewis refers to when reflecting on the glories to be found in heaven. He suggests:
"Either glory means to me fame, or it means luminosity. As for the first, since to be famous means to be better known than other people, the desire for fame appears to me as a competitive passion and therefore of hell rather than heaven. As for the second, who wishes to become a kind of living electric light bulb?"
Instead, he concludes there could be nothing better than in heaven than to receive God’s praise, and to know that we have pleased the One we were created to please and uses the verse from Matthew as an example of the praise he would hope to hear.
Perhaps I should extend my one line sermon of "Know who you are, and whose you are” to then add “and know that you bring Him pleasure!”
Over the next few days in our extended Bank Holiday, we look forward to celebrating the service of one particular 'faithful servant’. Whatever you choose to do in this break, do give thanks for and pray for our Queen. In the words of the following prayer (which we will use as part of our service on Sunday), we are reminded of her faithful service - may it be an inspiration to us as we seek to follow her God and ours.
Gracious God, we give you thanks
for the reign of your servant Elizabeth our Queen,
and for the example of loving and faithful service which she has shown among us.
Help us to follow her
example of dedication
and to commit our lives to
you and to one another,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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Keep the faith