Thursday, March 8, 2012

What to do with the rest of your life

But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. (Matthew 24:43-44 ESV)

When was the last time burglars sent out a note saying, “We will be in your neighborhood this weekend and will be breaking into homes?”

If this happened home invasions would cease, so would the need for security systems and locks.

Jesus is like the burglar. He has no intention of advertising his second coming. This means our only defense is readiness; preparedness; anticipating the possibility that he could come today.

Scripture was 100% accurate on his first coming. It is safe to assume that it will not miss the target on his second coming. What does readiness and preparedness look like?

He came once into our world as God in human flesh; he’s coming again not to suffer at the hands of sinful men but to usher in new heavens and a new earth (Revelation 21:1-5)

How do you know if you are ready?
1. You know you are getting ready when you resist the values of this age. This is what the people in Noah’s time failed to do. They were busy living their lives without any awareness of God’s plan through Noah (Matthew 24:37-39).

2. You know you are getting ready when you take responsibility for the work Jesus gave to the church. Readiness means to be occupied doing the Master’s work.

The rest of Matthew 24 and 25 talks about the master going away on a trip.  He called his servants, gave each an assignment to fulfill. He did not tell them when he will return, but simply told them to be faithful and be good stewards of his gifts.

Christ gave us this one, single, solitary life. He gave us time, talents, and money. How we use these gifts speaks volumes about our readiness for his coming. And when he comes, he will ask us, “What did you do with the life I gave you? What did you do with the talents I gave you? What did you do with money I gave you?

What are you going to to do with the rest of your life?