Be Ready for the End - Reflections
November 1, 2018 | Didi Bacon
In Matthew 24, beginning at verse 45, Jesus told a parable of a manager and an owner. He asked who is the kind of manager that the owner will reward? Is it the manager who when the owner leaves on a trip, he returns and finds his manager doing his job? The manager doing what the owner entrusted him to do? Or is it the manager that when the owner has been gone for a long time, he says to himself, “Ha the owner is gone. I can do my own thing.” This manager misuses, abuses and takes advantage of the owner’s property. The answer is obvious. Jesus said that the unfaithful manager would be caught when the owner returns unexpectedly and he will face the music. The owner will not honor him. It is the faithful manager that will be rewarded.
Everything you and I have is on loan from God. Our bodies do not belong to us; we were bought with a price. Our resources do not belong to us. They are gifts from God. If you are a child of God through grace, you are gifted with the resources that come from being a member of the family of God. You have value to give in the family business.
God is the owner. We are the managers. The owner has gone, leaving us to manage what is His. He is going to come back. We don’t know exactly when. He has not given us that information. He has just told us that it would be when we least expect it. It will be sudden and a surprise. Sure there are signs that these are the last days. These are the days that we will face opposition for being faithful. But God has given us what we need to be fully equipped for every good work. The Holy Scriptures. The Holy Spirit. The Holy community of faith, the church. So commit each day to be faithful. Know that each day added is one more day closer to the end. When our end comes, when we die, or the end comes universally when He returns, we will face the owner. Be caught being busy about His work. Receive the commendation,
“…Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” Matthew 25:21 (NASB)