2 John 4-9; Psalm 119:1-2, 10-11, 17-18;Luke 17:26-37
So it will be on the day the Son of Man is revealed. (Luke 17:30)
Imagine that you just got married to the man or woman of your dreams. Soon afterward, you have to leave on a long business trip. You love your job and look forward to the meetings you will have with your clients. Your company sends you to a nice location, and you look forward to some sightseeing in your spare time. You’re staying at a comfortable hotel with a good restaurant. And yet as much as you are enjoying the trip, you still long to get back home to your beloved.
This analogy can help us to deal with Jesus’ words about his final coming. We too are away on a kind of business trip, with the job of helping to build the kingdom of God. It’s good work, and it’s very rewarding. But we still can’t wait to get home to the Lord, the one place where we most belong!
The only difference in this analogy is the element of surprise. We don’t know the day or the hour when our life’s journey will end. And when it does, we won’t have any time to pack extra bags! So while we are finding great value in our work for the Lord, a part of us should always be ready to greet him whenever he comes again.
So how do we keep our focus on Jesus as we do our work here on earth? Not by being so other-worldly minded that we ignore everything here below! For whether we spend our days working on a construction site or praying in a monastery, we have the opportunity to glorify the Lord. It’s a matter of perspective.
Here’s one way to keep a good perspective: remember that no matter what your job is, you aren’t just doing a chore. You are cooperating with God in the task of getting the world ready for Jesus’ return. You are providing for your family. You are giving your coworkers the witness of a life conformed to the teachings of Christ. You are glorifying God, not just earning a paycheck!
“Lord, I long to see you face-to-face! Help me to see you and love you in everyone I meet today.”~WAU