“My,” said the guest to the owner of a dairy farm, “I have never seen such a beautiful herd of cows. They must be worth a lot of money.”
“We don’t look at the herd as far as value goes,” he replied. “We look at each cow individually. Each one has its own record,” he continued. “It does not matter how handsome these purebred Holstein are, their value is their ‘Record of Performance.’ Every day we keep track of the milk each cow produces. First, it is measured by its weight. Then it is tested for butterfat content. Then we enter it into the cow’s individual record.”
Our Creator also keeps a “Record of Performance” on each of us. The Psalmist wrote, “The Lord remembers us and will bless us…He will bless those who fear the Lord – small and great alike.”
It does not matter what we have or do not have, the size of our home, the amount of education we have, the titles we have earned, or our position in society – God’s blessings come from our attitude toward Him. If we fear Him, or stand in awe of Him and bow in respect to Him and submit to His Lordship, He will indeed bless us.
Each of us has a “Record of Performance” – we are all measured by God’s standards. Each day we are tempted by Satan in various settings. In these settings we have many opportunities to expose our attitude toward God. Do we honor Him by what we say and how we behave? Do we stand up for righteousness?
Are we faithful to His Word? Does our language express God’s love? Do we care?
By Michael A. Guido, D.D