As Jesus was sharing with his disciples, thousands had gathered to listen Luke records in his Gospel account in Chapter 12. In verses 35-40, Jesus admonished his followers to be ready for His return. In reading this passage, I began to think of this season of Advent that we are in presently. Awaiting Christmas and celebrating the birth of our Savior is not much different from awaiting His second coming. However, when He returns, as He said He would, will He find us busy about His work? This is the subject found in this passage.
When we become a Christian, we enter into a covenant with our Lord. We are His servants. He has called each of us to a task in order to bring glory to God through our life. Perhaps, we are a homemaker and mother to God's glory, or we may be a working person called to assist others in various ways. However, whatever the place God has for us, He expects us to be obedient servants, following His commands and honoring Him by being a blessing to others. We do not know when He will come again, and in the passage we just read, Jesus contrasted a faithful servant who is doing what his master has asked him to do and a scoundrel who decides to do what pleases himself rather than his master. In both cases there are consequences.
For the faithful servant, there is a reward of being given charge over more in his master's household. By contrast, the disobedient servant will receive a beating. He failed his master because he did not do what was asked of him.
Examples of this abound even in our homes. When our children were young, they were asked to do certain chores. They knew the ground rules and the consequences of not following through. It brought me no pleasure as a parent to have to discipline them, but they needed to learn early on how important it is to follow through on our responsibilities. The same is true in terms of our relationship with the Lord.
Jesus has called us to be His ambassadors. We are to share the Gospel with others and live holy, righteous lives reflecting the glory of the Lord. Are we doing this each day or do we tell ourselves we have plenty of time? After all, it has been 2,000 years since Jesus first walked this earth. Yet, He could return even tomorrow. We do not know the hour or the day, but we know He will return. If we would live with His Second Advent in mind, we would be richly blessed for being a faithful servant.
Are you hiding a talent you could be sharing? Are you neglecting to write or call someone that God has placed upon your heart? Whatever it is that He has called us to do, we must be about His business for we are His servants. Let us be doers of the Word and not hearers only. Let us be swift to obey and serve the Lord so we may not be found wanting in our service before our God. Selah!
I welcome your thoughts and insights of encouragement.