In Matthew 24, Jesus talks to us about end times. He knows that he is going away, so he provides instruction to his disciples to keep watch and to be diligent and faithful. He tells them to be ready, because the hour is not known. The first analogy Jesus uses is how everyone was carrying on as normal when the flood came, except for Noah who was ready. The second analogy Jesus uses is about a person who gets their house robbed, but would have avoided it if they had known the hour and kept watch. The third analogy Jesus uses about the faithful servant who the master puts in charge of feeding his servants at the proper time while the master is away.
“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?” It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.” – Matthew 24:45-47
This scripture is so awesome. Jesus is telling us that the faithful and diligent will be blessed by God. He also warns against wickedness. In the master/servant analogy Jesus talks about how the master will come back at a time not known finding the servant being wicked with his fellow servants and “cut him to pieces and assign him a place with hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” – (Matthew 24:51). This is profound in so many ways. We know that the faithful will be blessed, and much badness will happen if we are not. It tells us that we cannot predict when we will come face to face with our Creator so we should be diligent every day.
It also gives us a model of what to do, to feed his servants. That is our job, to share the gospel and make disciples. This is one reason that I decided to share my personal journal online at Baptized and Alive each day instead of logging it into a handwritten journal where no one would ever see it. And while it is just a small and simple act of obedience, it is something within my control that I can do every day and feed my Spirit and those around me who might come across it. I hope that by reading this it is a blessing to you.
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May God continue to enrich you and bless you in your daily walk with Him!
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for being there. Thank you for being so perfect in every way. Thank you for creating me in your image from dust, and for breathing life into me. Thank God for this Word this day, and for helping me hear and be obedient to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Help my actions to align with your Will, and to support others in their faith. Please use me Lord to feed others spiritually. Give me the thoughts, the wisdom, and the words to touch people’s hearts and draw them to you. Help us to love everyone who you bring across our path today, and to walk in your goodness and in your light all throughout the day. Give us strength and courage to face giants, and by your power break strongholds and move mountains, in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
Today’s full reading: 2 Samuel 13.14, Matthew 24
Scripture References From Today’s Reflection:
- “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19,20
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