What should you be doing until Jesus comes back? Here are a few options.
- Devote every waking hour to prayer and Bible study.
- Sell all your property and go sit on a mountaintop to wait for His return.
- Sacrifice all the pleasures of life – relationships, things, knowledge – to prove your worth to God.
What should you do until Jesus returns? Jesus tells us to watch, work, and wait.
Stay busy until Jesus returns. Jesus has told us to watch, work, and wait.
Watch & Pray
Jesus uses the word “watch” four times.
The first time, verse 33, He says, “watch and pray.”
Jesus uses this expression in Matthew 26:41. In this verse, He teaches that watching and praying will overcome temptation.
Watching is being aware of what is going on around you. But watching is not enough. You must also pray.
Satan, the world, and your own desires can cause you to fall away. These things can destroy your witness.
Now, in these last days, we cannot afford to lose our witness. We cannot fall asleep on the job.
Work & Look
In this passage, Jesus teaches that until He returns we are to work and look.
The faithful and wise servants are believers. The evil servants are unbelievers.
Jesus will find believers working for Him and unbelievers not working for Him.
Ephesians 2:10 teaches that we were “created in Christ for good works.”
What are these good works? Could they be prayer, Bible study, or going to church?
Mr. Mark D. Roberts, at the Theology of Work website, says, “The good works encompass the whole of the Christian, all that we do by God’s grace for God’s purposes.”
If you are a bricklayer, doctor, or lawyer, the good works you do are bricklaying, doctoring, and lawyering if you do these things for God.
Mr. Roberts in his post pointed the reader to Colossians 3:17. This reads, “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
Until Jesus returns we are to be working and looking for Him. It should be our hope that God when He returns, finds us serving Him.
Some of you think that you must work your way to heaven, that you must earn God’s salvation. That is a wrong understanding. God does not save you based on your good deeds. Rather, God’s salvation is a free gift of grace.
Read Ephesians 2:8-9.
You are saved by grace. It is a free gift from God. There are no conditions. All you need to do is accept this gift by faith. Believe that Jesus died and rose again for your sin.
If you have not done this, then God wants you to trust in Him right now. Do not delay. Take the salvation that God offers through His Son.
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What are the Good Works God has Prepared for Us? by Mark D. Roberts