by Jay Troutman
The book of Luke paints an amazing picture what God will do when He returns and finds His children prepared and active in His service. Here we see that there will be an unexpected and gratifying “thank you” given by the Eternal King to His faithful subjects.
37 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. 38 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night. 39 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. 40 You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him."
IMAGINE being served a meal by the Lord of the universe………unthinkable. Peter experienced the same surprise when the Lord made him sit down so that he could wash Peter’s feet. The Lord tenderly cares for His faithful followers.
The book of Luke continues on and also paints a very disturbing picture of a people of God who are careless and because they are care-less, they will suffer great loss. It is not suprising that we do not dwell on these following verses within the same chapter. Luke continues…..
45 But suppose the servant says to himself, 'My master is taking a long time in coming,' and he then begins to beat the menservants and maidservants and to eat and drink and get drunk. 46 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers. 47 "That servant who knows his master's will and does not get ready or does not do what his master wants will be beaten with many blows.
WHAT, Did I read that right you say? Go back and read it again! Let it sink in. This is the servant that has believed the lies of Satan that say “where is the promise of his coming”, “today is all that is worthwhile, eat, drink, and be merry”. Always be careful in your reading of the Bible not to focus on just “the good stuff”. There is much written on the backside of promised blessings that is connected to judgment of those who do not obey God’s commands. Here are a couple more examples:
1 Cor 3:15-19 describes as being saved “so as by fire”. Paul says there in verse 15. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he shall be saved; yet so as by fire. 16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, God shall destroy him; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. 18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He takes the wise in their own craftiness.
Remember we serve a HOLY God (Jer 9:24) who will judge in total righteousness and deliver a perfect judgment to all. Do not think He does not care about how you live right now. He does!
7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
The upside is:
9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
He will also reward us for things a small as a cup of cold water given in His name.
BE FAITHFUL………STAY ON WATCH……….WORK TIRELESSLY……….LOVE UNCEASINGLY