Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes. – Matthew 24:46
Jesus spoke these words to His disciples in the context of a discussion over His return to earth at some promised future date. As His disciples were then, many people today are very interested in the timing of this global event, and just as confused! Of course, Jesus made a few things very clear.
First, it is clear that only His Father knows the moment of His Son’s return. Christ-followers may understand the signs of the times, promoting urgency and faithfulness, but should not be preoccupied with charts and dates. Some within the Thessalonian church “sat around” waiting for Jesus climactic re-entry and Paul rebuked them for it.
Second, it is clear that those who love Jesus and seek His return will be found serving His purposes when He arrives. An unhealthy preoccupation with lists and research that mark our progress in completing Christ’s “Great Commission,” while moving us forward in our pursuit of the “unreached,” might lead us to believe our task is done once we reach “zero.”
Our shame as Christ-followers will not be in missing our Savior’s return (an impossibility), but rather to be found neglecting His purpose for our lives when He comes.
If the Great Commission is true, our plans are not too big; they are too small. – Pat Morley