Saturday, November 22, 2014

Mark 13:33-35 -- On Watching, and Being Ready

"Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:"
Mark 13:33-35

This is an interesting analogy, that God has left us in charge of our individual tasks, but will be coming back.  And so, in this analogy, and in life, it is going to matter a lot how much we can accept some individual responsibility... Will we slack off until we hear him coming back, and then act busy, hoping he won't notice our long absence from work?  Or will we learn and grow and find better ways of doing things and make more of what we have and what we are?  In so many ways, we *are* the kingdom of God, and he is depending on us to improve ourselves and build the kingdom.  We are the tools in the hand of God that he uses to help and bless the lives of others.  And it isn't that God's kingdom will fail without us, but that it could be so much better with us... with all of us.  Whoever is willing to help becomes part of the solution... part of the kingdom of God.
Today, let's jump in and build the kingdom.  Let's improve everything we touch, and encourage and lift and bring happiness as we go.  Let's watch, and be aware, and when God returns to see how we've done, let's have something to show him.

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