A POSITION OF WATCHING AND WAITING
“Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he comes shall find watching: truly I say to you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.” Luke 12:37.
We know not the precise time when our Lord shall be revealed in the clouds of heaven, but He has told us that our only safety is in a constant readiness – a position of watching and waiting. Whether we have one year before us, or five, or ten, we are to be faithful to our trust today. We are to perform each day’s duties as faithfully as though that day were to be our last.
We are not doing the will of God if we wait in idleness. To every man, He has given his work, and He expects each one to do his part with fidelity…. As never before, resistance must be made against sin – against the powers of darkness. The time demands energetic and determined activity on the part of those who believe the present truth. They should teach the truth by both precept and example.
If the time seems long to wait for our Deliverer to come, if, bowed by affliction and worn with toil, we feel impatient for our commission to close, and to receive an honorable release from the warfare, let us remember – and let the remembrance check every murmur – that God leaves us on earth to encounter storms and conflicts, to perfect Christian character, to become better acquainted with God our Father and Christ our Elder Brother, and to do work for the Master in winning many souls to Christ, that with the glad heart we may hear the words “Well done, good and faithful servant; … enter thou into the joy of thy lord” (Matthew 25:23). –That I May Know Him, p. 358.
Question to think about:
Are we doing the will of God if we wait in idleness?
Are we performing our duties each day as faithfully as though this were the last day?
Do we work for the Master in winning many souls to Christ, that with the glad heart we may hear the words “Well done, good and faithful servant; … enter thou into the joy of thy lord?