Monday, May 23, 2011
Waiting on the Lord...
Work while you are waiting for the Lord's return...
Work and idleness, what is the balance?
"The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow, but the rainbow will not wait while you do the work." ~anon
Take time to enjoy the beautiful things that God has given to us for free, but then work for the things that are not.
When Jesus promised a second coming, we were to wait upon the Lord. Some of his followers thought that they need not work or carry on as they had before, they felt they should be idle while waiting, that work was in vain. but of course God and His Son did not intend this. We are to work while we are waiting, What can we do?
God intends that we should spread his word, we should minister to the sick, to the ill in spirit, to the poor, to our families and ourselves. That involves WORK. We cannot feed our families or buy necessities without an income, can we? And since no one but God knows the time and the hour of Jesus' return, we cannot sit idly by waiting while God has so much for us to do!
Matt 25:26 "Upon the master's sudden and unexpected return, the stewards were all summoned to give account. The unfaithful servant, by hiding his master's talent in the ground, guaranteed that those resources would never earn any profit. His behavior was "wicked" and "lazy" (Matthew 25:26). He showed great disregard for his duty to the master and a complete lack of concern about his master's business. The two faithful servants were commended, and their reward was an expanded sphere of service. Because they had made the most of an opportunity to serve him, he rewarded them with more opportunity to serve, and this was opportunity of the most joyous kind: "Come and share your master's happiness" (Matthew 25:23).
The good steward looks forward to the return of the Master, but also follows His instructions to "Put this money to work until I come back" (Luke 19:13). The Scriptures tell us to plan, save, invest, and give generously, and as we do, God has promised "to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work" (2 Corinthians 9:8).
My Christian heart to yours...