Matthew 24: 45-51: “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. 47 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48 But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ 49 and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 50 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. 51 He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
I read a story once that mirrors what Jesus taught with this little parable. A man visited a beautiful estate in Italy. The man who owned the estate rarely used it. He had a groundskeeper who kept up the estate beautifully. Every rose was blooming. Every room was kept clean. When the man met the groundskeeper, he commented on how beautifully kept up the estate was. “You must be ready for your master to come tomorrow,” he quipped. The man responded by saying, “Not tomorrow. Today.”
These sound like harsh words that come from Jesus’ mouth, but they are not. They are the loving words of our Savior, who wants us to be ready for him to come today. There is nothing in this world so important as our faith in him! No job or position is as important as our faith in Jesus. The love of a person is not as important as our faith in Jesus. Success in whatever you are doing is not as important as our faith in Jesus. All that matters in this life, really, is that we have faith in Jesus when he returns.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, keep my heart and my mind focused on you, the Author and Perfecter of my faith. Let nothing in this world lure me away or entice me to reject you! Keep my faith strong so that I might always pray, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” Amen.