Camy Tang/Camille Elliot here! Every other month, I like to have brunch with my friend, Christian novelist MaryLu Tyndall. The other weekend we were talking about God’s plan for our writing, and she mentioned that she felt burdened for the people who consider themselves Christians, but who do not live their lives for Jesus. She feels that her purpose in her writing is to get people to wake up and start giving their all for Jesus rather than just drifting along, doing their own thing.
We got to talking about the Second Coming of Christ, and it reminded me that we should be living as if Jesus is coming tomorrow. I find myself becoming too comfortable with this world, but really, this isn’t my home. I should be fixing my eyes on the new Heaven when Jesus comes again to collect us all to Him.
And then, as usually happens, God spoke to me on the same topic in my quiet time devotionals a couple days later. The passage was Luke 12:35-48 (ESV):
(Jesus speaking) “Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them. If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants! But know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for all?” And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and get drunk, the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and put him with the unfaithful. And that servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating. But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.”
The passage reminded me that I need to remain faithful in my work for God up until the very moment He returns. If Jesus comes tomorrow, will I have given my all today to do His will? Will He be pleased with me?
I know that I often get lazy or live selfishly—it runs in cycles, I find. But I need to be disciplined and diligent to be doing God’s will for me at all times, no matter how lazy I feel, because I don’t know when He’ll return. Just because He’s not physically here on earth now doesn’t mean I can forget that I have a purpose for my life. Instead, I need to be serving Him every day.
I think I need these reminders in my life that 1) this is not my home and 2) I should give my all for Jesus as if He’s coming tomorrow. I find that it changes not just my attitude, but also what I choose to do each day.