Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
The Glorious Coming of our LordScripture
Key Bible Verse Text
“Therefore, keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.” Matthew 25:42
In the words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we find both a promise and a warning in Matthew 24:42-51. Today’s reading reminds us of the glorious coming of our Lord, a day that is both eagerly anticipated and should fill us with a sense of urgency.
1. Keep Watch
Jesus begins by telling us to “keep watch.” This is not a passive waiting but an active anticipation of His return. Just as a homeowner would stay vigilant to protect their house from a thief, we are called to remain spiritually vigilant, not knowing the exact hour when our Lord will come again. Our faithfulness is proven in how well we keep watch, living our lives in a way that honors and reflects the teachings of Christ.
2. Faithful and Wise Servants
Jesus continues by illustrating the qualities of a faithful and wise servant. This servant is entrusted with responsibilities in the master's household. They are diligent in their duties, serving others with love and providing for their needs at the proper time. This is a beautiful reminder that our Lord has given each of us unique roles and responsibilities within His kingdom, and we are called to fulfill them faithfully.
3. The Consequences of Neglect
Conversely, Jesus warns about the consequences of neglect and wickedness. The unfaithful servant believes the master's return is delayed and acts carelessly, mistreating his fellow servants and indulging in sinful behavior. When the master returns unexpectedly, the consequences are severe. This serves as a sobering reminder that we are accountable for our actions and how we treat others in the absence of our Lord.
4. A Glorious Promise and a Sobering Warning
The passage ends with a glorious promise for the faithful servant who is found doing their duty when the master returns. Such a servant will be rewarded and entrusted with even greater responsibilities. However, for the unfaithful servant, there is a sobering warning of judgment and separation from the master's presence.
Let us be encouraged to live each day with a sense of expectation for the glorious return of our Lord. Let us strive to be faithful and wise servants, diligently fulfilling the roles and responsibilities He has given us, and let us avoid complacency and neglect. May we always be ready, for the day of His return is certain, even if the exact timing remains a mystery. May our lives be a testimony of faithfulness, love, and obedience to our Savior, so that when He comes, we may hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Amen.
Gracious God, help us prepare to receive you when you come in your majesty. Grant us the blessing of being with you in eternity. May this be a blessed day to witness our faith in you. Amen.
Thought for the Day
While we eagerly await the coming of our Lord, let us also eagerly tend to the matters he has entrusted us with.
Rev. Dr. Pramod Zachariah
Epiphany Mar Thoma Church, NEW YORK