Saturday, July 13, 2019
33 Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.34 It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.
35 “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36 If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37 What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’”
It has been a while since Jesus uttered those words, several millennium, in fact. No surprise that these words are not high on most believers’ radar. Are we on guard for Christ’s return? Are we alert and watching, lest Christ comes to find we have not done all we should as his servants?
In the words of his parable, today could be as early evening, or it might be midnight, the time when the rooster crows, or dawn when Christ’s arrival is imminent. It could be many more years before Christ’s return, or it could be tomorrow.
Jesus’ words to us are a warning, certainly, but they are also a promise. Christ will return. Justice will come. The faithful will be gathered together to live eternally with the Father in heaven. We will be judged. We are redeemed by the shed blood of Jesus Christ, by whose death our judgment has been paid. We are given grace. We are forgiven as we confess and repent.
Still, we have been given a commission, a set of marching orders, so to speak. Christ has work for us to accomplish during our time here on earth. The time may be drawing near for any one of us, when our earthly life will be complete. Will it be said that we have done what Christ asks of us? Will we be deemed faithful or faithless, hard-working for Christ or sleeping on the job? Keep watch, Jesus says.
Today is the only day I have right now, Lord, in order to follow your will. Yesterday is gone, and tomorrow is not yet come. Yes, some things today are out of my control, but not yours. I may not get everything accomplished that you wish, but let me be faithful as I am able. I give this day to you, by the grace of our savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.