Don't Get This Wrong! Teaching Blog #24
Several times in Scripture the return of the Lord is referred to as a thief coming in the night and here in, Matthew 24:42-47, I want you to focus on the image of your neighborhood being robbed. So let’s say it was Bill’s house that was broken into first, then it was Don’s house and next it was Betty’s house. In all cases, someone broke into the garage and then got into their house when they were not home. Well, with this information you would know that there is a thief in the neighborhood, right? Suddenly, you would be very sensitive to what is going on and you would be alert to strangers. And, before going to bed you would take every precaution to make sure your dwelling was secure against the thief and avoid being robbed.
Well, this is what the Holy Spirit is trying to convey to us. We need to be very sensitive, very alert, very prepared, and very ready all the time because His return can happen at any time. Jesus said that if we knew the hour then we would be ready, but He said that this servant was ready and watching. In Verse 44, the Bible tells us that therefore you also must be ready for in such an hour as you think not the Son of man cometh. Now, one of the things He is telling us to do is to be ready and He told us to watch in Verse 43, and then, we are told to be ready in the next verse because we do not know the hour. The actions words in these verses are: watch, be ready, be faithful, be wise, and be doing! I want you to sense the feeling of always being active and ready. Then in the next few verses, I want you to realize that Jesus is not speaking about an unbeliever because this is somebody that knows Him as Lord. Jesus is not talking about somebody that does not have the capacity to know and understand what is expected of them because in, Verse 48, the evil servant calls Jesus, “my Lord.”
The word I want you to learn in today’s teaching is conditional because in these parables I want you to see who is doing the Word of God, and who is obeying the Word of God, and who is living the Word of God. We read in, Verse 48, this servant said, “my Lord, is not here,” so he felt he could live the way he wanted to live and not obey the Word of God. Listen to the response from Jesus, you were caught unaware and you were not doing what I told you to do, but you had the capacity to know and you should have known. Even still, you made the decision not to follow my Word which means that if you love Me, what would you do? You would obey Me.
What I want you to learn today can be melted down easily because essentially Jesus wants us all-in. He does not want half or three-quarters of us. He does not want small fragments or pieces of us. Jesus expects us to be all-in for Him just as He was all-in for us. That is His expectation of His followers and He is not looking for somebody who is a lukewarm or half-hearted or a so-called Believer. If you call yourself a Christian and you truly understand what He did for you and the results of His actions then there would be no other way you could live other than to be all-in for Christ! Amen.