What Will He Find You Doing?

To my brothers and sisters in Christ I speak today and ask - upon Christ's return - What will He find you doing? Jesus, in Matthew 24:45-51, speaking of the time upon which He will return, infuses all Christians, especially those charged with delivering the Word of God, with a challenge to live an accountable, faithful service record unto God.

"Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

All believers in Christ have been entrusted with The Gospel or Good News of the saving grace of Christ Jesus. If one's conversion or repentance to follow Christ was authentic then naturally one would desire to whole-heartedly express commitment to the Lord through some kind of service. The minimum response by us of just belief does not do justice to the price Jesus paid for our redemption to God. He died for us, we must live for Him and so we have The Great Commission as the next step after becoming a Christian.

1 Peter 3:15 states the idea of being ready to serve God with your testimony at a moments notice but doing it with "gentleness and respect".

"But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,"

The rest of the Christian's life should be found to not only bettering themselves, their blood family, spiritual family and others around them but living the Christ-like lifestyle outlined in the New Testament. We are called to be more than just good people. Salt and light are great analogies to aim for, but Christians are called to be Ambassadors or representatives of Christ.

If someone was in this faith merely for the reward, then he/she should be doing all they could before Christ returns because He is The Lord of All. Jesus is a rewarder of faithfulness also. In Revelation 19:11 Jesus has the title Faithful and True. The Lord is the ultimate example of faithfulness and everything good. So, anything we display back to Him and to the world that showcases God's nature, The Lord will reward that effort.

However, our service should be a joy, not a burden or mere task. Hebrews 12:2 states that "For the joy set before Him, He [Christ] endured the cross,". Growing up I had no desire to rebel against my parents. I felt I had no gain, no wild oat of rebellion I had to sow in my life as a season I must pursue. I always had a sense of wanting to please my parents when they checked up on me, whether I was playing or performing my chores. 

This same mentality I approach with Christ. I desire to worship Him with my life because He first loved me, continues to love me and has a wonderful plan for my future. In addition, I believe if Christians would return to a First Love mentality - a remembrance of Christ's sacrifice, victory and promises every day, then that would go a long way in preparing the correct mindset for wanting to serve The Lord in any capacity.

Accountability is the key word here in describing what the Christian life becomes after believing in the completed work of Christ for our lives. Our service to the King is what should keep us accountable as we watch and wait for His return and hopefully His words of "'Well done good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’" (Matt. 25:21) will ring true.

The believer's lifestyle changes or should change to that of Christ-likeness so that we will please the Lord, so that favor will rest upon our lives and so that we may bless others. Accountability is a mentality governed by action in loving God by loving others and serving God by serving others. Christ himself came to serve and not be served and we should continue His example and represent Him well.

Christ loved me so much that He redeemed me to Himself. Jesus continues to love me today with direction via His Word and inspiration through His Holy Spirit. And the Lord has awesome plans for my future. Why wouldn't I want to be busy about the Lord's work when He returns? So, What Will He Find You Doing?