Tim is a freelance writer, poet, artist and storyteller. He always tries to find and include lessons for everyone in his writing.
The Christian Life
What are the primary parts of the Christian life, watching and waiting? No, Jesus clearly states in the Bible his follower are to go and spread the Gospel. When you spread the Gospel it is not simply a few words and then leave it in service of those who need.
Yet many Christians fail at the last part, the service. Of course they‘re busy learning about God in church and maybe in a small group yet when they step foot outside the church building they fail to act. Jesus calls a Christian who does not use what is left behind for service, careless. The service aspect of the Christian life is often forgotten. The question for you is when it comes to serving the Lord are you a careless or careful Christian?
Be Ever Watchful For His return
In Luke 12: 35-48 Jesus offers three images of carelessness. Each story is designed to warn His followers about making sure they stay true to God and are ready to give an account for what they have done with their lives. As Jesus states each Christian must stay alert and be prepared because, “the Son of Man is coming at an hour,” when no one expects Him.
Luke 12: 35-40, “Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them. If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants! But know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
The first image in Luke is of a servant who needs to stay vigilant and ready for the masters return from the wedding feast. The servant must stand at the ready to open the door and let the master in to the household.
The second image is of someone who is careless about watching over their household. So in the night a thief comes and breaks into their house and steals their possessions.
Luke 12:40, “But know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
Luke 12:43-45, “Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and get drunk,”
The third image is of careless servants, some who beat their fellow servants all the while spending their time partying because the master is slow in his return and there are some other servants who are not diligent in doing the masters work in his absence.
When Jesus ascended back into Heaven the angels looked at His followers and chastised them by telling them,”You Galileans!—why do you just stand here looking up at an empty sky? This very Jesus who was taken up from among you to heaven will come as certainly—and mysteriously—as he left,” The Message Bible. In other words Jesus is coming back, go and do His work but always be prepared for His return.
The question each Christian must ask themselves is, “ Am I one of the careless Christians or am I a careful Christian whose heart is always prepared for the return."
As followers of Christ each Christian is to find themselves ready at all times for what comes their way. The Christian life is not a pleasure cruise where Christians feast on the things of this world while at the same time trying to keep the faith. No, we are to keep our eyes firmly focused on God, while our feet, hands and voice are diligently doing His work.
One Final Thought
Jesus has one warning in Luke about being careless with His work here on Earth. “Woe is the one who lets their guard down while they wait for the Master's return“ because it will be hard to answer Jesus' question of, “What were you doing to benefit my kingdom while I was gone?”
In the end every Christian need to be about the Lord’s work in any way they are able. It does not have be World changing service but it need to be a careful use of whatever talents God has given you.
© 2013 Timothy Whitt
shofarcall on May 04, 2013:
We all fall short of the Glory of God. I know I yearn to be ever watchful and awake but sadly, know that I sometimes sleep, take rests, am not always doing all I could in the Lords Harvest field.
I believe in Him, I long for His reappearance, I love Him and am filled with gratitude that I have been brought into the fold. I perhaps spend too much time developing my own relationship with Jesus, but can that ever be wrong? We all have to discover the balance of private time with the Lord, witnessing for the Lord, fellowshipping etc and a myriad of earthly responsibilities which we have to attend to.
The Lord knows our hearts in a way that no other can. I pray that some of my fruits will survive the fire. Amen and God Bless.