For every new year that comes and goes there is always someone declaring that the end of the world is near. Believers who are rooted in the word of God know that although Jesus details signs of the end times, He also emphasizes that no man knows when He will return and end this world as we know it. So, what is a Christian to do? Better yet, how is a Christian to act? Today we are going to focus on how Jesus says we should conduct ourselves in anticipation of His coming. Let us take a look at our key text coming out of Matthew 24:44-51 (KJV):
44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. 45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? 46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. 48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; 49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; 50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, 51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Jesus uses the parable of a householder and his servants to illustrate to us how we are to conduct ourselves as we await His return and the end of this world. In Jesus’ parable, He is represented by the householder, and we are represented by the servants. Jesus says that the housholder left certain responsibilities and duties for his servant to fulfill while he was away. In our terms, Jesus has given us each unique responsibilities — callings — to fulfill in service to His kingdom until He returns. The question that remains is if we will choose to be the good servant or the bad servant.
The good servant in Jesus’ parable did exactly what his master asked him to do even though he did not know when his master would return. As a result, that servant was rewarded. The bad servant, however, decided to just disregard the responsibilities his master gave him. Just because we do not know when God is coming back, it does not mean we have time to spend doing everything except for what He called us to do. This does not mean that we cannot take time to pursue hobbies or other passions. It just means we must make sure that we do not forget that our priority is the work of the Lord. To help ourselves towards this end, let us resolve to ask ourselves each day what we can do in service of the Lord. If you love sports, brainstorm on how you can use your passion to be a light to others. If you are an artist, ask yourself the same question, and the same applies no matter what your passions and talents are. In the parable, the bad servant was severely punished, and that is certainly not something that we want. When Jesus returns, may we hear Him say “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
Have a blessed day!
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