What are we to be and do as we wait?
"Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. 47 Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. 48 But if that wicked servant says to himself, 'My master is delayed,' 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants and eats and drinks with drunkards, 50 the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know 51 and will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
We have been studying the signs of the return of Jesus. Today let's start with what to be and do and not to be and do while we wait for Jesus' return.
What are we to be and do as we wait for Jesus' return?
We are to be faithful and wise. We are faithful and wise by carrying out the duties Jesus assigned us to do in the manner He instructed us to carry them out. We are to do everything in love (John 13:34-35; 1 Corinthians 16:14).
Faithful and wise servants give Jesus' household their food at the proper time. Food is the word of God (Hebrews 5:11-14), the will of God and the work of God (John 4:34). We, as faithful and wise servants, are to be teaching believers God's word, will and work. We are to teach those in our household, our local church, and those we have been given to disciple.
Are you being a faithful and wise servant of Jesus?
Are you teaching the word, will and work of God to those in your sphere of responsibility?
Now let's look at what not to do.
What are we not to be and do as we wait for Jesus' return?
We are not to be wicked servants by abusing those in our sphere of responsibility and living irresponsibly and neglecting to teach God's word, will and work.
This is why?
The faithful and wise believers are blessed when Jesus returns and are put in charge of all Jesus' possessions. The wicked servants are judged and put with the hypocrites, those who pretend to be what they are not. The wicked will be in a place of torment where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth, that is grimacing in pain. A wise or prudent person knows the future results of his present actions.
Where will your present actions land you?
Will you be blessed and put in charge or will you be judged and put in the place of weeping and grimacing in pain?
Let's choose to be faithful and wise together.
Three key questions to ask as we prayerfully read the scriptures:
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