Matthew 24:45-46 – “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes.”
Matthew 24 is one of the most fascinating discourses that we can read from the lips of Jesus. In this passage, we have Jesus answering questions for his disciples that concern the destruction of the temple, Jesus’ coming, and the end of the age. Many people spend years of their lives in study of this section along with other prophetic passages to develop their eschatology, their belief about the ultimate end of the world.
Rather than spending any time trying to put together an argument as to an order of both past and future events, I would rather spend some time this morning pondering the counsel given to us by our Lord. Would you like to be considered a faithful servant of the Lord? If so, you need remember a few things. First, remember that the world in which we live is temporary. There is an age to come in which our lives will not be what they presently are. We are created for an eternity in the presence of God. Let us learn to live, think, and act as people whose eternal life has already begun and whose eternal life will carry us on long after the toys and petty entertainments of this life have passed away.
Second, let us remember that, regardless of what order you expect future events to take, the Bible is clear that Jesus will physically return to this earth and a new age will be inaugurated. You may live out your days on this earth before that physical return of Christ, and you may not. Either way, the Lord Jesus advises you to be faithfully obeying his commands until that day arrives. We must never allow the thought of the return of Christ to keep us from going out, preaching the Gospel, and working with every fiber of our being for the glory of God. Christ does not allow us to have an escapist mentality. He commands our continued work, our continued faithfulness. We want to be doing what he has called us to do when he returns or when he calls us home.