It’s Monday – a great day of opportunity and a privilege to serve our Father’s Kingdom! I’m glad we can walk through this day together as His family. On Saturday, we saw in God’s Word that there is a day in the near future that King Jesus is returning to earth and His reward will be with Him. Whoohoo – it’s gonna be exciting! But no one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, only Dad. It’s a surprise! Jesus said “Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. It’s like a man going away. He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task and tells the one at the door to keep watch. 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. If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to everyone “watch!” Some could read this passage in Scripture and think “like dude, I can’t not ever tip over for awhile. What do you mean no sleep?” If you were with me when we studied about “The Perfect Storm” on the lake, you will recall that Jesus was asleep in the boat. He done tipped over Himself for a snooze! When Jesus said “do not let him find you sleeping,” He was speaking in a parable or making a comparison to His disciples and what it meant is that each one of us has been assigned to a task in this life and it is important that we be working at that task as we await His return instead of sleeping (being indifferent to spiritual things as believers). Part of our assigned task is taking into consideration all of God’s Word that says He grants natural sleep to those He loves. His Word also speaks of taking care of our bodies as they are His holy temple in which His Holy Spirit dwells and getting enough sleep is important to having good health to keep going as long as we can for His Kingdom’s purpose for our life. Jesus’ assigned task was to endure the cross to take upon Him all the sins of mankind. Wow! How would you like to have that job assignment? It would have to be a divine call on yer heart to do that job and say I love my work which Jesus did! It was done for the joy set before Him of all that it would accomplish to bless the people He loved and His Father. While on earth, Jesus lived by faith and obedience to His Father – this was characteristic of His ministry. Can you imagine the difference it would have made to the world and our Father’s Kingdom if Jesus had slept through His life on earth and didn’t carry out His assigned task? Ok, let’s not imagine as that is too sad! Instead, let us dwell on the idea that each of us should seek to know what our Father’s assigned task is for our life. Here are a couple of thoughts to consider: 1) All of us kids are called to carry out one common task to go and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to live by faith and obedience to the Father just as Jesus did Himself. 2) Individually, we are each called to seek first His Kingdom (pray and study His Word, the Bible) and when we do so, we will find His good, holy and pleasing will for our life – our assigned task! Adam and Eve, Abraham, Moses, Noah, Esther, David, Mary, John the Baptist, Paul and the twelve disciples to name just a few all had their individual assigned tasks in life. What is yours? For some, it may be to help someone else achieve their assigned task. At one point in time, two people had the assigned task of holding up Moses’ arms so that the Israelites would have victory over the Amalekites. Team work is a good thing! The day of Jesus’ return is approaching and it will be a surprise. It’s as exciting as being a kid at Christmas. On that day, I want to be found alert and on guard with a watchful eye. I definitely don’t want to be spiritually asleep when He arrives and I want to wake up as many around me as possible, too! So, I’m up and on the move with ya, working towards the very end of the age. Have a great Monday!
Mk 13:32-37; Mt 6:33, 28:16-20, Lk 8:22-25; 1 Co 3:16; Ps 127:2; Ex 17:8-13; Ro 12:2; Pr 8:17