(Jesus said) "Therefore stay awake; for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning; lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake." Mark 13:35-37
These verses in Mark give each of us a reminder to STAY AWAKE! When I read these verses today I was thinking that perhaps Jesus was telling me to stay busy, stay awake as the master may return at any time, nobody knows when but He has promised to return. Do you suppose that we are to be just staying idle and watching and waiting for the Master to return? It wouldn’t seem that is what Jesus would be asking us to do, considering the Great Commission in the final chapter of Matthew. It would seem that we are to be working to bring more into the Kingdom and protect those that are already in His fold; protect the property and bring in more as the harvest is ready. Be alert, don’t close your eyes and go to sleep, no…stay alert and watch for the Master.
The children in the attached photo appear to be waiting…and watching. Waiting and watching for their turn to receive their lunch at Petit Paradis in Port-au-Prince. They belong to the King and have been told about the Master’s return. The temptations and pressures of their world, and our world attack each of us every day; temptations that try to lure us into falling asleep, stop working and stop believing. We need to stand ready to receive our Master at each hour of the day, waiting and watching for that glorious day when the door will open. Thank you for staying awake and helping to prepare these children to be ready for that day when each of us will meet our Savior face to face and be taken from this sinful world in a new Heavenly home.
Dear Heavenly Father, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.
May God be with you…Jay