Sunday, August 11, 2013

The Sunday Word

Today's parable tells of servants (us) waiting for their master (Christ) to return from a wedding banquet. Because “the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour,” the servants are supposed to be prepared for his arrival at all times.

What does this kind of readiness look like in other areas of our life?

There are two types of people: those who keep a less-than-tidy home and clean just before guests come over, and those who generally keep the home clean all the time. The first group does a lot of picking up at the last minute or gets caught with a messy house when unexpected visitors drop in. The second group does a little bit of tidying all the time to maintain a neat home that’s always inviting to visitors.

Are we doing Christianity at certain times, or are we being Christians always? What makes us believe that?

Do we have areas of needed growth that we’ve been putting off?

What does our lifestyle more clearly tell others: “This is all there is” or “I’m living for something more”?

Like the servants, are we eager for Christ’s return? If not, why? Does that point to anything we’re cherishing more than the life of Christ?

So to reduce this practical eschatology to a Twitter feed, here’s what we have: Jesus is coming; this life is not all there is; don’t be afraid; adopt the perspective of eternity; get ready for action. (100 characters)

Pretty much says it all.