I once saw a bumper sticker that said: “Jesus is coming back – look busy!”
It made me Lol. And although busyness doesn’t really matter, faithfulness certainly does!
When people talk about the return of Christ to judge the world, end all evil, and usher in the glorious new heavens and the new earth, the main thing many people highlight is the necessity and priority of putting your trust in Christ. And I agree.
But a much-neglected detail is how we are to live in the meantime: We shouldn’t just be waiting for Jesus; we should be working for Jesus.
In Matthew 25:14-30 Jesus tells a story about a master and three servants. They are given something valuable to handle until the master returns. When he does come back, two have returned a profit on what they were given, and one hasn’t. The first two are praised: “Well done, good and faithful servant!” But the third is severely rebuked.
Based on how I understand the story, Jesus is the Master, and we are the servants. He gives all of us valuable things—things like faith, time and talents—to use in a way that brings him glory and blesses others. He uses each one of us in a unique way as an expression of his loving care for the world and its people.
But if we don’t do anything with the faith, time and talent he has given us, it’s a serious act of un-faith!
Here in North America, we don’t talk about Jesus’ return very much. That’s a mistake. So use the valuable faith, time and talent God has given you to give him glory, and to add value to someone else’s life.
Don’t just be waiting for Jesus; be working for him.
By Matthew Ruttan
- Today’s “Up!” is partly based on my Sunday sermon/podcast at Westminster. It’s called “Ready for the Return of Christ?” and you can listen in here. Enjoy! (And be prepared.)
- Bible quotes are from the New International Version (NIV).