“After a long absence, the master of those three servants came back and settled up with them. ... His master commended him: ‘Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.’ ”
Matthew 25:19–21 The Message

You are created to accomplish a work worthy of God; it is one of your deepest yearnings. And you will, in the kingdom; not just once, but many, many times over. Are you employed in the actual restoration itself? I don’t know for certain. “They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated” (Isaiah 61:4) certainly hints at it. And you know your God is a God of process—look at how long your sanctification is taking.

You might think I am merely daydreaming about what we actually do in the kingdom. But remember—God creates you to be a creator like he is. You are promised you will reign; you will be given estates; you will have a vital role in the kingdom.

He says to you, “Be my partner”—that’s the perfect way to put it. The idea behind the parable of the three servants in Matthew is promotion. And notice that the servants are promoted in the very things they are good at! God puts his renewed sons and daughters—creators like he is—in a re-created world and tells them to do exactly what he told Adam and Eve to do in the beginning.

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As the old year fades, and the new year approaches, what are you hoping to do with your life? You should let yourself dream ... and then let those dreams carry right on into your wonderful, unending life!

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