True Greatness

by Bill Rudge

Athletes and soldiers train hard and give their all to hear their coaches and commanders commend them. Their sacrifices and tremendous efforts result in amazing feats that reflect years of discipline and commitment.

But there is greater acclaim than that given by coaches, fans and superior officers - God's commendation.

Shortly before leading the Israelites into the Promised Land the Lord made a brief, but profound, tribute to Moses with these simple words to Joshua - "Moses My servant is dead" (Joshua 1:2). Ponder that for a moment. The Lord personally recognized Moses as His servant. What a great honor.

The ultimate goal of my life - that for which I sacrifice, discipline myself and persevere - is to hear the Lord some day say these six words, "Well done, good and faithful servant."