By Faith We Sojourn (3)

Luke 19:11-27

"Occupy till I come."

Be Christ's witnesses and ambassadors: God loves all mankind and wants them to be saved, so He gave His only begotten Son and sent Him into this world to die for their sins and rose again for their justification (John 3:16; Rom 4:12). Once we have been saved and born again by God's grace and mercy, we should have the same love and mind as our Lord has, which is for the salvation of all mankind, and not only of a particular people. I usually have concerns for the salvation of others whom I meet on the street, in the bus or airplane when I am reminded that I may never meet them again. Hence, we should be ready to be our Lord's witnesses wherever we are, "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth" (Acts 1:8). It is a great privilege to be our Lord's witnesses and even ambassadors, "Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God" (2 Cor 5:20). Do we have concerns for the salvation of our loved ones, friends, colleagues and the people around us? Do we beseech them to be reconciled to God on Christ's behalf?

Make use of time and live for the Lord and His glory: Some in Thessalonica were deceived by fake letters regarding the Lord's coming, so they did not want to work but just waited in idleness for the Lord. God's Word warns us, "Let no man deceive you by any means..." (2 Thess 2:3). Our Lord has taught us to be always watchful and ready because we do not know the time nor the date of His coming (Matt 24:42). If our Lord comes today, what have we done for Him and for His glory? God's Word reminds us, "Redeeming the time, because the days are evil" (Eph 5:16); and "... whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God" (1 Cor 10:31). "And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come" (Luke 19:13). Are you ready to give an account of your life to God?

THOUGHT: What am I doing now for my Lord's soon return?

PRAYER: Lord, help me live as Thy witness and ambassador.


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