Watching

Luke 12:36-40 – “And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.”

I work at a nursing home. Every year, we have people from the state come in and look over our daily activities to make sure that we are working within a certain guideline. When they are satisfied that we have met that guideline, they will give us certification to remain open one more year. We have been waiting for the state surveyors to come since April. Yep, April. 

On Monday, we were finally anticipating their arrival. I had to laugh to myself, though. As I walked through the entryway on two different occasions, I saw the leadership of our facility standing at the windows anxiously staring out at the road. They were like little children staring out the window waiting for a parent to come home. I know they just want to get through this interview and put this behind us but still, the sight made me chuckle. Not very often do you see the leadership of your organization staring out a window. 

Jesus is returning soon. We have been anticipating His return since He departed. But when was the last time you stood and stared out the window anxiously awaiting His return? When was the last time that preparing for His arrival as at the top of your list for the day?  If you are like me, the thought occasionally crosses your mind, but the constant attention to the task is not what happens in your life. 

Jesus was teaching His disciple about the behavior that He expects prior to His return. He expects to find us waiting – actively waiting. He doesn’t expect us to be standing at the window staring out of it and doing nothing. He expects us to be out serving, sharing and doing, just like we should be doing each and every day. It is our “reasonable service” (Romans 12:1). Jesus used the analogy of a servant. The servant is expected to do his/her job regardless if they see the master or not. The master desires to come home from his trip and find that his servants have been doing their responsibilities without him having to stand hovering over them all the time. They need to work just as hard when he is not there as when he is there. 

The same can be said for followers of Christ. He left us a manual – the Bible. He left us details on how He wants things done, when He wants them done and how our attitude should be while we are dong them. He wants to return and find us being successful. He left us The Comforter, the Holy Spirit, to guide us when things get rough or we just don’t understand. He just wants to return finding us busy for Him and Him alone. 

So today, take a few moments and stare at the eastern sky. Let this moment serve as your reminder that He is coming again. He wants to find you doing His work in His way. Your life is special to Him. Your responsibilities here on earth are important to Him. Remember, the Master is coming back soon. Are you ready for His return?

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One thought on “Watching

  1. I like this! Please post.

    You provide a great analogy about expecting, and anticipating. We went thru the same thing when I was working at both companies. Everybody would be anxiously getting ready for auditors. The prep would go on for weeks. Everybody was briefed. Signs up all over the plant.

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