The reading for today is Matthew 24:45-51.
45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. 47 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48 But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ 49 and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 50 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. 51 He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
This parable is focused upon the return of Christ. In the time which it was written, I think it might have been pointing to the household and leadership of Israel, who led their people astray. They had prophets and others to warn them that their Messiah was coming, but most did not pay attention because it didn’t fit into their own agendas. And they missed it!
In today’s world, I think this parable gives us an opportunity to “Watch” or to “keep ready at all times,” for Christ’s return. Hopefully, if we think about the future, it will impact our behavior in the present. The scripture emphasizes to us that the present time is an exceedingly precious commodity. During this time of waiting, we need to concentrate on Bible study and knowledge. From this, all else will flow.
I read a description about the last coming as compared to midnight on New Year’s Eve. The past no longer matters. It is what it is, and it will never be any different. No one can go back and change it. All that matters is how you have been watching for your Lord’s return and how you are building your strength through His abiding love.
Father, keep us from dreaming away our days in a fruitless endeavor to satisfy only the fancies of our spirit and the appetites of our bodies. Deliver us from the bondage of things. Teach us how to feed upon the Word of truth, and to walk continually in that truth, manifesting the splendor of your life in us. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Donna DeMauro firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern – Those who have no faith in the future.