Yesterday a friend was talking about her niece arriving early to pick her three-year old daughter up from daycare. She happened upon the scene parents cringe over: Kids bingeing on sugar filled snacks with the glow of the television screen upon their faces. That marked the girl’s final day with that caregiver. When we arrive early, we get a raw snapshot of what takes place when we’re gone, and one day, when Jesus returns, He will catch us off guard!
“Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.” Revelation 22:12
Many people have attempted to predict the moment Christ will return, but the details are vague. Even the disciples asked during a private conversation on the Mount of Olives, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” I know Jesus wouldn’t sin, but isn’t it great that God the Father didn’t even tell Jesus the time? Martha Stewart reminds us that there is a price to having insider knowledge!
Wholly honest, Jesus answers,
“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.”
Matthew 24:36 (similar to Mark 13:32)
So we watch, we wait; we prepare generation after generation until He returns.
Jesus is clear what we need to be busy doing:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…” Matthew 28:19
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:14
Not only do we know what we need to be doing, in Luke chapter twelve Jesus speaks about his arrival time and what He expects to find through the Parable of the Faithful Servant and the Evil Servant (click to read full passage). Four scenarios are portrayed:
One. The faithful servant.
Fully ready and prepared for the return who will be blessed and “put in charge of all the master owns.” Are you faithful with what God has given to you? If you don’t have a clear idea of what God wants of you, will you commit to prayerfully asking God to reveal His plan for you as you read the Bible? (Luke 12:42-44)
Two. The skeptical servant.
Not fully convinced his master will be returning “quickly” this servant mistreats those in his care while indulging in revelries. Upon the master’s arrival, he is “cut in pieces and banished with the unfaithful.” (This was difficult part to write!) We like to live foot in two worlds. Jesus is clear: You can’t. If you don’t care about Jesus’ return, please take this servants story to heart. I’ve read this passage before but never really thought about the implications for believers. I’ve learned that many believe this passage implies salvation is linked to believing in Jesus’ second coming. Study this on your own, pray and comment below!(Luke 12:45-46)
Three. The get-to-it-later servant.
This servant believed the master would be returning but didn’t make preparations or obey the master’s instructions. This servant was severely punished. Admittedly, I often fall into this category. “I’ll find time to write God. I’ll get to it.” Because He has called me to write about His truth, I’m accountable for that work. What work have you been blessed with that you need to reprioritize? (Luke 12:47)
Four. Servants who do not know.
I don’t know if these servants are just low-man on the totem pole, but for whatever reason, they didn’t hear the plans and were not prepared. These servants were only lightly punished. Ignorance is not bliss. Brand new believers aside, those who follow Christ are responsible for actively pursuing their faith. Have you been complacent? There are many apps available to help you study! (Luke 12:48)
Repeatedly Jesus states, “I’m coming quickly!” Do you believe Him?
Are you like the disciples, acting in complete obedience out of faith by building a life centered on God despite a mocking and a persecuting culture? Despite what people say, Jesus IS returning. Which servant are you and what will He find you doing?
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