I wonder what we have been up to today. If Jesus had rocked up at our house would we have been embarrassed, would we have fluffed our words as we came up with a load of reasons why we are not ready, what would he have caught us doing?
Let’s just take a moment to reflect on that……
Feel awkward. Feel uncomfortable. Feel like you need to make some changes. I know I do.
Now it’s not about being found in constant prayer or with our Bibles open at our favourite verse. It’s not even about having a pile of money or items that we are ready to give away when the call comes. It’s also not about not having fun or doing things that we enjoy.
It’s possibly about all of those things & much more. Maybe it’s about being aware what God is up to and what He is wanting us to do with our life, that we working on it, making progress, diligent about the things of God, keeping our hearts right with Him and other people, living out our Christian walk in the best way we can.
We might have our feet up but we are not just being lazy, we are just resting. Our life is not our own and we are, like Jesus was, about the Father’s business.
Jesus put it like this…
‘Watch therefore [give strict attention, be cautious and active], for you do not know in what kind of a day [whether a near or remote one] your Lord is coming.’ [Matthew 24:42 AMP]
Those words are powerful, [with definition].
Watch. [look at or observe attentively/follow closely or maintain an interest in/exercise care, caution, or restraint about/look out or be on the alert for]
Give strict attention. [total obedience or observance/not allowing or admitting deviation or relaxation/notice taken of someone or something]
Be cautious. [attentive/vigilant]
Be active. [engaging or ready to engage in physically energetic pursuits/doing things for a cause or campaign, rather than simply giving it one’s support/working]
Aren’t these just about us taking responsibility for how we live so we don’t miss out on God’s best?
Aren’t they just about us being faithful, thoughtful and wise, actually doing the things that God has asked us to do?
They definitely deserve, if not, demand our attention, and not just on a Sunday but every day. And therein lies the challenge. Often we come at this kind of stuff as if it is our duty to behave in a certain manner but that rarely works over the long term. We can only really stay watchful, attentive, cautious and active in respect of the things of God because we truly love Him and want to please Him, much like a husband or wife would display these characteristics in their marriage, to help it stay healthy, to help it succeed for a lifetime, because they love their spouse.
If we are these kind of people then Jesus says we are ‘blessed, happy, fortunate and to be envied, and we will be rewarded’ [v46]
[What do you think? What are the challenges to being this type of person?]