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“When It’s All Been Said and Done” – Chapter 23 in the forthcoming book, “An Ahava Adventure” by Steve Martin

Nov. 26, 2019

The Irishman Robin Mark sang a very simple and yet profound song, written by Jim Cowan in 1999, entitled “When It’s All Been Said and Done”. It first appeared on Robin’s album Revival in Belfast (1999) and then again on Days of Elijah in 2006. Another of my favorite artists, Don Moen, also sang it on his album, Thank You, Lord in 2004. 

The first few lines read, “When it’s all been said and done, there is just one thing that matters. Did I do my best to live for truth, did I live my life for You.”

When all has been said and done, and after we have reached our finish line, will we be able to look back and say that, “Yes, what the Lord sent me here to do, I did for Him.”

Will we each complete the mission we have been given, chosen to do, and then finish to the end?

The Message version of the Bible in Philippians 3:12-16, has this written by Paul, “I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward — to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.

So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision — you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it.”

As a teenager the Lord had me purpose in my heart that I would be an example to my other 7 siblings – Sue, Mary, Tom, Collen, Janet, Lynn and Rob – and live my life for the Lord Jesus. But many times, when I went to regular weekly confession, as a Roman Catholic, I had to repent and say to the priest that I hadn’t been a good example. Now, by the grace of God and the leading of His Holy Spirit, I can look back and say, “Thank You, Lord, for because of You, I can say that I have.”

When it comes to Israel, and particularly Jerusalem, this has not been some fad in my life, because everyone else was doing it, or because it was popular on the world’s top 10 list of what to do. Having never been one to do or wear the latest fad, it cannot be.

Standing for the people and Land of Y’srael; believing the Bible when it says it is their promised land; and committed to support and bless as the Word says for believers, Christians and Jews, to do cannot be a passing thing in our life only when it feels good, seems right, or because everyone else is doing it. We must have firm convictions and stick to them.

One will not stand when the heat and pressure comes in opposition to our beliefs if that is the case. As surely as the devil himself, Satan, has continually been opposed to the chosen people of God, the Jews, so too he will seek to kill, steal, and destroy those who stand with them. Guaranteed.

“Stay sober, stay alert! Your enemy, the Adversary, stalks about like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Stand against him, firm in your trust, knowing that your brothers throughout the world are going through the same kinds of suffering. You will have to suffer only a little while; after that, God, who is full of grace, the one who called you to his eternal glory in union with the Messiah, will himself restore, establish and strengthen you and make you firm. To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 5L8-11, Complete Jewish Bible

Those who stand for Israel and the Jews will be the ones the enemy, working through false religions and governments of the world, will seek to kill and destroy. He will bring discouragement, loss of friends and family, and use every method he can to cause us to stumble and fall. There will be no let down in his attempts to stop the plans of the Eternal God, set for all eternity.

But God Himself will see to it that His work, through those He has chosen, will be done.

Spending the required money, taking the needed time, giving the ongoing life effort it takes to do this must remain at the forefront for those He has apprehended for the work.

Skipping the ocean cruises, letting go of the expensive sports and concert tickets, cutting back on many of life’s “known” pleasures, in order to lay down one’s life for the purposes of the Lord, is not an easy task. No rose garden here, my friends. But we are promised a life worth living, with the eternal rewards given out at the end as the Lord Himself has declared.

Among many others during his time, Oskar Schindler (April 28, 1908 – October 9, 1974) the German industrialist and a member of the Nazi Party, who is credited with saving the lives of 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust by employing them in his enamelware and ammunitions factories in occupied Poland and the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, got it right. He saw the will of God and gave his life to do it. On our Ahava Adventure trips to Jerusalem we see his grave on Mount Zion.

When it’s all been said and done, will you be able to look back and say that you have done that which the Lord has given you to do in your life? As each of us hears and follows in obedience to the call of the Lord on our life, do we long for to hear the words spoken on that day when the time comes to stand before Him, “…Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.” Matthews 25:21, NKJV

Trust the Lord to enable you to do the task you have been called to do and finish it all the way to the end.

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Steve Martin

STEVE & LAURIE MARTIN - LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE FOUNDERS Laurie and I, through the ministry of Love For His People we founded in 2010, give love and support for our friends in Israel and in other nations with humanitarian aid, social media support, Steve's Now Think On This messages, and our Ahava Adventures annual trips to Israel. Steve has also authored and published 24 books. We live in the Charlotte, NC area, along with four adult children, spouses, and soon-to-be eight grandkids.

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