5-31-2017

Scriptural Truth – Watch and Wait Mentality

 

There are perhaps a great number of people in the religious world today who are a “watch and wait “group. People watch and wait on a daily basis for something. There are those who watch and wait on a bus or taxi. People wait in line at stores to check out and in restaurants to eat. The lives of so many are spent watching and waiting in an idle fashion. Sadly, many people in terms of religion carry this same mentality with them when it comes to doing the things they should in service to God and in waiting on Christ’s return.  This idle lifestyle does not make Him return sooner or help us be ready for Him.  While it is true that the faithful need to be watchful for the coming of the Lord, He also instructs we need to be busy with lamps burning. Notice what Luke states in Luke 12:35-36 “Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he comes and knocks, they may open unto him immediately.” What does it help to sit idle in a watch and wait mode? We don’t put water on to boil to make tea while preparing a meal and sit idle waiting for it to boil. Instead, we busy ourselves in preparation of other items of the meal. The Lord’s return will happen but it will come as a thief in the night, no man knows the time so we must not be idle. When we busy ourselves in the service of our Master, His return will never sneak up on us. We can be always ready if we will put ourselves to work. James states that faith without works is dead so if we are sitting in the watch and wait mode what does that say about our faith? We must believe the Lord will return and always be prepared for when he does. Being found idle, in the watch and wait mode, is not what our Lord wants from us but rather to be doers of the word. If you’re in an idle mode now is the time to change and make yourself ready, so are you ready for that great day? Until next week this is the Scriptural Truth, Tommy O’Kelley Minister Subligna Rd. church of Christ (706) 638-1129 or (423) 413 – 5319, email tmdok4@windstream.net or Facebook.

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