This morning I read from Matthew 24:3-51. It is such an interesting passage, spoken by Jesus, regarding the end times and His return. There is so much we can glean from this passage and many applications for our lives today.
The particular verses that spoke to me this morning were Matthew 24:42-51. After describing the signs of the times and the events leading up to His return Jesus speaks these words:
(42) “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.
(43) But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.
(44) Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
(45) Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season?
(46) Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing.
(47) Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods.
(48) But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’
(49) and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards,
(50) the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of,
(51) and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
The faithful servant has been called to give his master’s household food “at the right time”. We are all called to feed the sheep as it were. Jesus is talking about the entire household of faith. This is a picture of what our lives are to look like now in these last days; feeding the Word to our fellow brothers and sisters – the members of the household of Christ. Dwelling in and feeding on His Word in communion with each other.
The evil servant (notice this person is also a “servant”) begins to beat, or attack, fellow servants, that is, brothers and sisters in Christ who are faithful, and to eat and drink with the drunkards. This servant discredits what the good servants are doing and partakes of the world’s offerings. Jesus says this servant will have his apportionment with the hypocrites and then makes reference to hell! This is a serious warning!
It is interesting that this portion of scripture leads into the parable of the ten virgins. Now is the time – the last time – to fill our lamps with oil and have them trimmed and ready as we watch. Let us not take our eyes off the road as our bridegroom approaches. Let us be about the Father’s business – feeding each other with the Word, building each other up while it is yet day in these last hours!
Paul writes in his first letter to the Thessalonians regarding the coming of and the day of the Lord. (1Thess 4:13-5:11) He exhorts us to “watch and be sober” and twice in the passage he speaks the following verses:
1 Thessalonians 4:18
“Therefore comfort one another with these words.”
And again in 5:11
“Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.”
In these last days, it is important to encourage one another with the Word of the Lord. We know these things are coming to pass before our very eyes and we are to be a comfort to each other and most importantly, to speak truth to the members of the Lord’s household. Some may not wish to hear it as the world lures their attention away from watching for Him. Many grow weary as we know, but as good and faithful servants, we are to be found feeding, feeding, feeding. Speaking, exhorting, and lifting up the Name of Jesus as we keep our eyes lifted and fixed on Him. The time is short!
“Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.” Matthew 24:34