OCCUPY TILL I COME

January 3, 2021

The title to this post comes from a statement Jesus made in a parable telling about a great master who was going to take a long journey. He told his servants he would return someday but until then, occupy till I come.  The parable is found in Luke 19:13. It’s well worth your reading.

Most Christians know that the master in that parable was/is Jesus. So what do we do as we occupy? Live your daily lives as Jesus expects us to. Live every day trying to do all you can for Jesus. Certainly, that means helping others beyond your own family and close friends. There are so many opportunities and ways of helping Jesus as we occupy.

Well, how long until Jesus comes back? No human knows. We are even told that not even the angels in heaven know that answer.

It seems apparent to me as I read the Bible and Bible history, that the apostles even thought Jesus would return in their lifetimes. But He didn’t. In the 2000 years since Jesus left this earth to be by His Father, every generation is looking for the imminent return of Jesus. So, again when will He return? When He gets ready to.

We are only told to be ready for His return as it will be like a thief in the night-unexpectedly. We ARE told by John, the writer of Revelation, that Jesus said for us to pray that He will return soon.

There have been many songs written with the lyrics:  He’s Coming Soon, He’s Coming Soon. That means as songs like that are written, we do expect Jesus to return soon.

St. Peter set people straight about the way the Lord measures time in 2 Peter 3:8. He says: “But, Beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day.”

What a statement that was from St. Peter. It could be another 2000 years before Jesus returns. Maybe even longer, or maybe even tomorrow.

So keep occupying. That doesn’t mean just when we feel well and everything is looking good. A mystery I’ve researched for is about St. Paul. We are told he had a thorn in his flesh. Whatever that thorn was, it must have been painful and hindered his work for Jesus. We are told that Paul asked God to remove that thorn, but we don’t know if that ever happened. All we know is that the Lord told Paul, “My grace is sufficient.”  It’s my opinion that Paul died still possessing that thorn. And consider all that Paul did for the Lord. A prolific writer, writing some of his best works while in prison. How does that make us feel?

Do all you can do, daily, for Jesus.

I close with a poem from Edward Everett Hale. He was a minister and a great writer. His most popular work was a story called, “The Man Without a Country.” He lived between 1822 to 1909. The poem which follows has many versions. They are all about the same length, and all have the same meaning.

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”

Occupy till He comes.

God Bless You,
Spencer and Sandra Plumley

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