4/15/16: Taking Care of Business
Sometimes I assign quiet reading or individual study time to my students. Inevitably when I look up, I find somebody talking, or another student playing around, or someone out of his seat. When confronted about why he wasn’t reading or studying, the student always has an excuse that doesn’t impress me. There was no emergency, so he should have been seated taking care of business. He’s in the wrong; end of discussion.
Occasionally though, there are those rare times when all the students diligently stay on task. I lavish them with high praise, letting them know how proud I am of them, and pointing out that their obedience in this area causes my trust-in-them meter to rise. The next time they have a request, I’m more likely to move in their favor because I know they can take care of business. Even when I call upon them to work a while on their own, they can be assured I’ll be back to continue to work with them and reward their accomplishments.
Luke 12:32 – 40 is reminiscent of this teacher/student scenario. The passage starts by saying, “…it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (vs. 32). God loves rewarding us, and as we gain the kingdom, we’ll need to take care of some things. We need to be about the business of laying up “treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (vss. 33-34).
Now here’s the clincher. Verse 37 says, “Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching” (NKJ). To be found watching is a participatory term which means to be caught being diligent doing what you’re supposed to be doing. In the same way in which I’m proud of my students when I find them on task, God is happy with us when He comes to us and finds us on task for Him.
Are we “watching?” Are we consistently on task, taking care of God’s business in our homes, on our jobs, at church, and in our personal devotional lives? If God literally showed up unexpectedly at any particular hour of our day today, would He find us “watching,” diligently doing what we’re supposed to be doing? Verse 40 warns us, “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” Start watching!
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