As much as I like to plan for things… I can sometimes be a procrastinator. I was much worse at this however in my college years. In my Freshman year, my girlfriend gave me a little round piece of wood that simply said “TUIT” on the front. On the back it said, “Now that you have one, you can do all those things you planned on.”
We’ve all heard people say, and many of us are even guilty ourselves. Sure, I’ll do that just as soon as I get around to it. This little round TUIT coin has become a symbol to all procrastinators, to step up and get moving.
As Jesus was ending His ministry and approaching the day He would sacrifice for all, He knew two things. One, His time on earth to instruct His disciples was going quickly. Two, the time He would return would be so unplanned and unexpected, even He did not know that time. Throughout His ministry, He either flatly heard or sensed in many hearts… I’ll prepare for the coming Messiah when I get around to it.
His final parables recorded in Matthew all point to this time being unplanned, and that we should be prepared no matter what.
In Matthew 25:1-13 He talks of ten virgins (us) waiting for the Bridegroom (Him) not knowing when He would arrive. Half of the virgins were prepared with oil in their lamp and the other half said they would get the oil when it was time. But the time came and went so quickly that the second half were left out and cast into Hell. Jesus will literally say to these people, “Truly I tell you, I don’t know you” (Matt 25:12)
Then in Matthew 25:14-30, He retells the parable of the talents in a slightly different format. The concept is the same that the Master leaves slaves in charge and gifts them gifts. Those that used the gifts to bring more glory to the master were rewarded. The one who squandered the gift was then banished.
Then in Matthew 25:31-46, Jesus shared of people divided into sheep and goats. The sheep are followers of the Shepherd but the goats are doing their own thing, not obeying. The goats are left to the vices of Satan and his demons.
The first example is 50/50, the next example is 67/33 and the final example gives no numbers or ratios. You see, it’s not important that an actual number be established. What is important is that we don’t sit around waiting for Him to come back before we get our act together.
Now, today, without delay… we are to live our lives “in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.” (Phil 1:27). We should not stress about the signs, wondering when He will come, we should simple live Holy lives and make disciples. Quit putting it off, quit saying you will do it next year. Take that step now… from where you are… move on to the next step.
If you don’t yet believe, then get to know Him. “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Rom 10:9)
If you know Him, begin to follow. Read His word. Get in community with other believers, worship Him learn how to live your life in a manner worthy of His message.
If you are following, continue to grow in Him. You cannot do this in isolation. Connect with other believers. Don’t only go to church to be served, but to serve. “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve” (Matt 20:28)
If you have been growing in Him, be sure to Go and serve Him. Serving Him does not always mean right where you are planted. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
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