Sunday, November 18, 2012
21. Master Returns From Journey
M'r:13:34: 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. M'r:13:35: 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: M'r:13:36: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. M'r:13:37: And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.
To show us how closely Christís return is He puts forth this parable. Our Master has gone away, but as servants He has left us something in which we must give account of. The Master takes a far journey, leaving His home on earth, and has appointed His servants to particular offices, some with authority, others to work with or cooperate for the good of the household of faith. He gave work to be done, authority to do it, and the power necessary to achieve it.
The Lord Jesus ascended on high and left all the servants with their portion of work. He appoints a doorkeeper to watch. All of us need to watch alertly for the Masterís return, and we must also watch that the Gospel is being spread throughout the world so that He will return when it is accomplished. We know not the hour of His return; but this is also applicable to His return to us in particular at our death, as well as in the general judgment. Either way we are accountable to Him and must be ready.
Although we walk in the light, our lives presently lays before us as night, compared to the glory that is promised to come yet. So much more is to come. Whenever He comes we do not want to be found sleeping spiritually. We must be ready to meet Him, rather than unready. We must watch, be awake and remain awake. Watch is what Jesus says to us all. It means to expect His second coming as He has promised, so that we might be found as spotless and blameless in carrying out our duties.
Are there days when you feel that you are spiritually sleeping and not watching? Do you know for a certain what your particular assigned work is? Do you feel Christ has given you power and authority, and if so, do you use it wisely?