Just Passing Time?
by Randy Chambers, 2016-03-05
Matthew 24:42-44, NIV: Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come...So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
A watchman is in his tower which overlooks a valley outside of a fortress. His binoculars hang from a nail and have collected dust from not being used. He spends all of his time while on his shifts napping, or reading magazines, or playing games on his cell phone. The watchman continues such behavior unconcerned because in all his time in his watchtower, he has never seen anything happen. What do you think of such a watchman? Now picture in your mind a follower of Christ; instructed by Jesus to watch for His return. His days are spent making for himself a comfortable place in which to pass time with one activity or another. His Bible sits on a shelf collecting dust; and he is unconcerned, as the signs building on the horizon escape his notice. What would you think of that follower? Is he truly watching for the Lord's return? Where do we see ourselves in this illustration? Are we watching for Jesus to return? Are we looking through Godís Word in order that we might see the signs of His coming? Or do we neglect Godís Word, and pass time in pursuit of momentary pleasures or a fleeting ideal of an American Dream?