If, at any given time, the Lord Jesus comes and asks me what I’m doing and I cannot answer either:
1. Making the Father known,
2. Expressing His kingdom,
3. Delighting in Him and His kingdom, or
4. Resting in preparation to do the first three,
I have failed as a servant.
I am not engaged in my Lord’s business and have fallen prey to the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches.
“Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.”
“And the Lord said, ‘Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season?
Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes.
Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has.
But if that servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and be drunk, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.
And that servant who knew his master’s will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few.
For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.”
Everything I do should be in service to making the Father known and doing His will (expressing His kingdom, “let Your kingdom come”).
From who I marry, what job I take, where I live to what I eat and what I choose to do when I happen to wake up in the middle of the night, all of it should be done in service to the Lord.
“He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it.
He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks.
For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself.
For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord.
Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.”
Stop living your life. It’s His life now, if you belong to Him.
“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
—1 Corinthians 6:19-20
If I truly belong to Him and have been born again, I should want to, it should please me to live for Him rather than for myself. That desire is a witness of our salvation.
“Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ”
Notwithstanding, we live a world that entices us and it is easy to be lured back into dead and worthless things if we are not vigilant and mindful of the things of Christ.
Our duty as fellow servants is to be about our Lord’s business which includes helping and encouraging each other to be ready, so we can rejoice together at His coming.
Get back to His business: making the Father known and expressing His kingdom.