45 “Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes. 47 Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48 But if that evil slave says in his heart, ‘My master is not coming for a long time,’ 49 and begins to beat his fellow slaves and eat and drink with drunkards; 50 the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour which he does not know, 51 and will cut him in pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Have you ever had a job or been in a classroom where you only work your hardest while your boss, supervisor or teacher was present? Have you been that boss or teacher knowing that everyone gets to work when you walk through the door? God wants us to stay faithful to Him in His absence, even though we don’t know how long it will be. While we may get tired, impatient, and may want to do our own thing, Jesus is warning us that He could return at any time so stay the course. Do you live your life as though Jesus could show up at any moment? Have you gotten impatient or lazy in service to Him and living for Him?
Prayer: Lord, remind me that Your timing is perfect and that You are not slow in Your return.
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB © The Lockman Foundation (www.lockman.org)