"He'll Understand And Say 'Well Done'"
If when you give the best of your service,
Telling the world that the Savior is come;
Be not dismayed when men don't believe you;
He understands; and say, "Well done."
Oh when I come to the end of my journey,
Weary of life and the battle is won;
Carrying the staff and the cross of redemption,
He'll understand and say, "Well done."
Misunderstood, the Savior of sinners,
Hung on the cross; He was God's only Son;
Oh! hear Him call His Father in Heav'n,
"Not my will, but Thine be done."
If when this life of labor is ended,
And the reward of the race you have run;
Oh! the sweet rest prepared for faithful
Will be His blest and final, "Well done."
But if you try and fail in your trying,
Hands sore and scarred from the work you've begun;
Take up your cross, run quickly to meet Him;
He'll understand; and say, "Well done."
Do you ever fall on your knees in prayer, close your eyes and say, "Lord, you know I've done my best?" And when you can say it justifiably and not in self-deception, it is a most emotional expression. It is a statement uttered often in a time of great despair; when everything has been done to the best of our ability in obedience to the Lord and, yet, appear to end in failure. This is very true in regard to trying to convince our fellow man of the Lordship of Christ and the lessons of the Gospel.
It is no wonder that we reach to the lost and often find ourselves and our message rejected. The Lord Jesus, while walking the plains and hillsides of Judea, did all in His ability to minister to and reach for anyone and everyone. Nevertheless, there was no shortage of voices crying out, "Crucify him" when the end came. He suffered, hung on a cross and died all at the hands of those He had done His best to help.
And while we do our best in this life, both in reaching the lost and trying to work faithfully for our Savior, we will find ourselves weary and sore from the labor. There is a promise of rest for the Christian at the end of the journey. Yet, in the meantime, the promise of heaven seems very far away and too distant to give us comfort. The beauties of heaven and eternity remain ever sure and give hope to the weary worker. But there is even more in that place of celestial beauty and peace to give us cause to rejoice.
There in eternity we will find Jesus Christ. We will have the opportunity to stand before Him and receive what we probably never will receive in this life from anyone: a just judgment. The books will be opened and the Lamb's Book of Life besides and, if our name is found therein, we will hear Him say, "Well done." He who suffered violent oppression and died a shameful death overcame it all, rising from the dead the third day and ascending into heaven to rule and reign forever. No matter the pain of failure and defeat we might feel during our earthly journey, we have a Blessed Kinsman who felt our pain all along, understands all the unknown "whys" and invites us to join Him in His Kingdom of eternal life.
All around us might criticize, critique and judge harshly our accomplishments or lack thereof. Yet the person of Jesus Christ stands with arms open welcoming us to come unto Him. He'll understand when no one else does. He'll understand and say, "Well done."