PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Not Business As UsualTim Savage
42 “So you, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know what day your Lord is coming. 43 Understand this: If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would keep watch and not permit his house to be broken into. 44 You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected. 45 “A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them. 46 If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward. 47 I tell you the truth, the master will put that servant in charge of all he owns. 48 But what if the servant is evil and thinks, ‘My master won’t be back for a while,’ 49 and he begins beating the other servants, partying, and getting drunk? 50 The master will return unannounced and unexpected, 51 and he will cut the servant to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 24
War, famine, floods, earthquakes and all kinds of disasters. Bin Laden killed and the extremist and terrorists vow revenge. Our future seems more unsure now than ever before. When will Jesus return? When will the end come? What will it be like? What will happen to those of us still here to experience it? Will we still be here? Questions, questions and more questions. Very few answers except by those brave enough to venture a guess and say it out loud. The rest of us are standing by ready to wag our fingers in their face and quote verse 42, “For you don’t know what day your Lord is coming.” We aren’t supposed to know, the Bible says that not even the angels know, only God the Father knows when Christ will return. And when He returns we will know it’s Him. Before He comes there will be others who proclaim to be Jesus and people, even believers will be fooled. I just heard last week that there are at least 2 men saying they are Jesus Christ and many are following them, but this isn’t what the Bible teaches about how it will happen. We don’t know much, but here is what we do know – we must be ready all of the time. God doesn’t want us just prepared at the very end; He doesn’t want us to wait until there is no time left. He doesn’t want us to spend all of our time figuring out the signs and calculating the date, He wants us to live our lives in the manner we would if He were to return tomorrow. I don’t believe that He would have us quit our jobs, stop paying our bills and wait out on the doorstep, but we should be building our faith and living in such a way as to please Him. We should be taking the opportunities placed before us and sharing the good news with others, invite them to church and start relevant conversations. We should be living as an example that makes sense to non-Christians and makes them ask, “What is different about them?” and say, “I want that in my life.”
I must not take life for granted. I must not get used to the events going on in the world and think that they are just business as usual. I have to live like the end is near. I won’t know when it’s going to happen and I don’t want to have tragic regrets of not acting sooner or living differently when the time comes. I have to try to influence those that are important to me and not all, or even most, may see the light, but shame on me if I never try. It’s no time to be lazy or casual in our attitude, it’s time to think clearly and live intentionally. Make plans for improvement in all that we do; I can’t just sit back and let life dictate the direction and pace of my life. I must press in to Jesus more each and every day.
Dear Heavenly Father, May I make the most of the opportunities that you present. May I live in a way that represents You well and pleases You. In Jesus name, Amen