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Well Done – The Afters

I like music. A lot. Someone recently asked me what my favorite song was, and I realized what an impossible question that is. How can a person have one favorite song? I have a favorite song from several different artists of the 70s and 80s. I have favorite “current” songs, I have favorite songs from musicals (but really, the entire soundtrack to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is my favorite), I have favorite songs from movie soundtracks, you get the picture. But I usually have a list of ten “favorite songs” that change each week.

This week, one of my favorites is called “Well Done” by a band called The Afters. It’s based off the verses in the Parable of the Talents found in Matthew chapter 25. The master is complimenting his servants after they turned his five talents into ten or his two talents into four. He tells them, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matthew 25: 21, 23).

“Well Done” is about the welcome we will receive when we enter Heaven’s gates. Here’s the chorus:

Well Done, well done
My good and faithful one
Welcome to the place where you belong
Well done, well done
My beloved child
You have run the race and now you’re home
Welcome to the place where you belong

What a beautiful day it will be when we hear our Father tell us that we’re home forever. There will be no more pain, no more tears (except the tears of joy), no more sorrow. We will be made whole, and we will be where we belong. Nothing can or will be greater than that (until Jesus returns and the new creation begins, but that’s for another blog post).

I’ve always really liked that verse: “Well done, good and faithful servant!” That’s what stands out to me most from my grandpa’s funeral. That’s the verse on his tombstone, and ever since my family stood around his grave singing “Beautiful Savior,” I’ve kept that verse in mind. It reminded me, at that time of great sorrow, that my grandpa was standing in front of our Savior hearing Him say those words. That is the greatest comfort.

It causes me to stop and consider my life, my actions, my thoughts, and my deeds. Has my life been one worthy of this sentence? No. It hasn’t, and it never will be. Thankfully, Jesus lived a life that was worthy of that and much more and because of his perfect life and perfect sacrifice, I get to have the rewards of his life. So even though my life is a mess and I’m full of sin, when I get to Heaven, that’s what I’ll hear God say. That doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be striving to live a life as Jesus did. And so I try.

I’m waiting my whole life to hear You say
Well done, well done
My good and faithful one
Image taken from eternal perspective ministries.The Words We Long to Hear.”

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