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Being Prepared for Christ’s Return

JESUS SPEAKING

        Then Peter said to him, “Lord do you speak this parable only to us, or to all people?” And the Lord said, “Who then is that faithful and wise steward whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has. But if that servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and be drunk, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers” (Luke 12: 42-46.)

INSPIRED THOUGHTS

        Before ascending into heaven Jesus promised to return. He used a wedding parable to illustrate His second coming. When the master of a household left to attend a wedding, the exact moment of his return was uncertain. The master in this story represents Jesus. The servant placed over the master’s household represents the disciples whom He left behind to care for His church. Today, within the body of Christ there are new leaders in positions of authority. Some are just and wise stewards, while others have become impatient with Christ’s return and have chosen to mistreat God’s people and to live in sin. When Christ does return, He will reward those who have been faithful, and He will punish those who have failed to serve in the absence of their master.
        In the United States, a new industry known as ‘mystery shopping’ has become quite popular. Most employers find it beneficial to tour their own facilities; to evaluate their products, procedures, equipment, and especially their employees. Employees however, do not act naturally when their bosses are present; they tend to ‘put on a show;’ they work harder and more efficiently; they become more polite and positive toward the customers and other staff members. This effect makes it nearly impossible for managers and owners to accurately evaluate their workers. In turn, many employers are now hiring people to pretend that they are customers; as they shop, they are secretly evaluating the employees. And then, when the employees become aware that the owner is using mystery shoppers, it causes them to maintain a higher level of performance in the work place.
        Many purported Christians today have become slack, because their master is not present; but Jesus can return at any moment. A lack of faith in His second coming will lead to increased sin, and unrighteous living. To avoid disobedience, we must constantly expect His arrival; every second, of every hour, of every day. We must never lose hope; but rather trust in His promises. As we wait, it is our duty to continue to serve and love our fellows. When He does return, those who were faithful in His absence will receive eternal blessings and everlasting life.
        “Lord Heavenly Father, may our hearts be expectant as we continue to hope in Your return. Increase our faith that we might forever trust in Your promises. May we always desire to serve You and our fellows. Guide and direct our steps, that we may know with certainty, the duties and responsibilities that You have given to each us. We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things, according to Your will, in Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.” God bless all of you!

Avoid Distractions

JESUS SPEAKING

     “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that day come on you unexpectedly.  For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth.” (Luke 21: 34-36.)

INSPIRED THOUGHTS

     Jesus warned His followers to be ready for His return (second coming.)  They were encouraged to remain focused on the future kingdom.  The Lord acknowledges that human beings are prone to distraction, and so He addresses some of those distractions in this scripture. Every follower is cautioned against chasing after excess wealth and material possessions (the cares of this life.) All manner of sexual immoralitty and drunkeness are to be shunned as well. In this world, believers must deny their own wants and desires; placing others ahead of themselves.  Whenever a person loses sight of the eternal, they inevitably begin to live selfishly; chasing after wealth, prosperity, and social standing; they indulge in their own wants and desires, often without restriction (they lay down the future to take hold of the present; whereas believers set aside the present distractions for their future hope.)  Jesus likens the day of His return to a snare (a hidden trap designed to catch unsuspecting prey.) When that moment arrives, many people who aren’t prepared will be caught by surprise and separated from God.  We need to be expecting Christ’s return every day and behave accordingly; avoiding any deadly distractions.

     Text messaging is a relatively common practice in American culture today; it can be a wonderful tool that connects people. However, recently text messaging has been associated with a number of tragedies.  All over the country people are more regularly text messaging while driving.  The results have been disastrous. One very prominent case involved a plastic surgeon who was text messaging when he drove off of a cliff and tumbled to his death.  You might ask, “What could have been so important that it was worth dying over?”  Sadly, Dr. Frank Ryan was tweeting a message about his dog, who was with him in the car when he drove off the cliff; he died and his dog was badly injured.  Dr. Ryan set out on a journey, but got distracted, and as a result he never reached his destination.  So many people who believe in Jesus Christ start out on a journey toward an eternal destination, but never make it because they get distracted by some meaningless worldly pleasure or concern. This doctor wasn’t thinking that death would arrive at his doorstep when he was eating breakfast; he never imagined that would be his final car ride; he didn’t wake up in the morning and savor the sunrise knowing it would be his last.  Yet death came for him quickly, and without sounding an alarm.  Jesus as well, will come for each of us in like manner.

     Today, we need to be expecting Jesus’ return.  We need to avoid focusing on the passing cares of this life. We must not allow distractions to take our eyes off of Christ?  How can we keep our eyes on Jesus and not get distracted?  Firstly, the word of God is a road map that will help us to continue heading in the right direction.  Reading the bible daily is essential for reaching our destination.  Praying is another tool that allows God to guide and direct our lives.  The key is to stay connected with God in our hearts.  Also, fellowshipping with other believers is very important, as is ministering to non-believers.  We should be talking to others about our faith and spreading the gospel. Anytime that we are following God’s commandments we will continue to move forward and keep our eyes on the eternal things. The best way to not do the wrong thing is to continually being the right thing.  We need to give our whole lives to the Lord, making Him the central figure in our hearts; and on the day that He returns, we will not be surprised, or frightened; but rather we will be filled with joy when we contemplate the eternal life that awaits us.

    “Lord Heavenly Father, we come before You and we lift You up; You are worthy of praise and honor and glory.  We ask that You would please help us to avoid distractions as we focus on the return of Your Son.  By the power of Your Holy Spirit speak to us and give us the knowledge of Your will; may we find opportunities to serve You and to serve others. We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things, according to Your will, in Jesus Christ’s name, amen. God bless all of you!”

Being Prepared for His Return

JESUS SPEAKING

        Then Peter said to him, “Lord do you speak this parable only to us, or to all people?” And the Lord said, “Who then is that faithful and wise steward whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has. But if that servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and be drunk, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers” (Luke 12: 42-46.)

INSPIRED THOUGHTS

        Before ascending in to heaven Jesus promised to return one day in power and great glory; (it has been nearly 2000 years and his followers are still anxiously awaiting his arrival.) As he spoke to his disciples, he used a wedding parable to illustrate his future delay. Often, when the master of a household left to attend a wedding, he could be gone for days. His arrival was uncertain; he could return at 2:00 in the afternoon, or 2:00 in the morning (therefore the servants had to continually be prepared.) In this parable, the master represents Jesus Christ, who after being resurrected, left the earth and journeyed into heaven (promising to return one day.) The servant placed over the master’s household represents the disciples whom Christ left behind to guide and care for his church. Although the original disciples have gone to be with the Lord, God has placed new leaders into positions of authority. Some are just and wise stewards; others, however, have lost faith; they have become impatient with Christ’s return; causing them to mistreat God’s people. When Christ does return, he will reward those who have been faithful, and he will punish those who failed to serve in the absence of their master.
        In the United States, a brand-new industry known as ‘mystery shopping’ has become popular. Most employers find it beneficial to tour their own facilities. They must continually evaluate their products, their procedures, their equipment, and especially their employees. Employees, however, do not act naturally when their bosses are present; most tend to ‘put on a show;’ they work harder and more efficiently; and they become more positive and politer toward the customers and other staff members. This effect makes it nearly impossible for managers and owners to accurately evaluate their workers. In turn, many employers are now hiring individuals to pretend that they are customers; as they shop, they are secretly evaluating the employees. When the employees become aware that the owner is using mystery shoppers, it causes them to continually maintain a higher level of performance in the work place.
        Many believers are slack because their master is not present; but Jesus could return at any moment. A lack of faith in his second coming will lead to increased sin, and unrighteous living. To avoid disobedience, we must constantly expect His arrival; every second, of every hour, of every day. We must never lose hope; we must trust in His promise; and wait patiently. As we wait, it is our duty to continue to serve and love our fellows. When he does return, those who were faithful in his absence will receive eternal blessings and everlasting life.
        “Lord Heavenly Father, may our hearts be expectant, and may we continue to hope in Your return. Increase our faith that we might forever trust in Your promises. May we always desire to serve You and our fellows. Guide and direct our steps, that we may know with certainty, the duties and responsibilities that You have given to each us. We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things, according to Your will, in Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.” God bless all of you.


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