Holding Baby

This week was my daughter Maranda’s birthday.  I remember waiting nine plus months for her birth to happen.  Holding her for the first time was amazing.   I did manage to have the nurses scrambling and my wife yelling at me for I failed to hold her head when I picked her up. With my daughter’s birth, I had an idea of when she would come.  But when it comes to Jesus’ return, I have no clue, not even the day or hour.  

Today, I finished teaching my last class in the duo credit class, Parables of Jesus.  Lately, we have been studying the four parables Jesus shared with his disciples before his crucifixion.  These four parables, the Faithful and Unfaithful Servants, Ten Virgins, Talents and the Sheep and Goats, were a response to Jesus’ admonitions to watch and be ready for his soon coming.  Through these four parables, Jesus showed us how to watch and be ready:  by faith, we are to care for those we are responsible for;  by faith, we are to be filled with the Holy Spirit;  by faith, we are to continually develop the talents and faculties God has given us for the service of others; and by faith, we are to see the least of my world as if they were Jesus himself.  

The school year is almost over but Jesus has yet to return.  So, while Jesus tarries, let us watch and be ready by following the principles outlined in the four parables found in Matthew 22-25.  

WATCH AND BE READY FOR YOU DO NOT KNOW THE DAY OR HOUR I WILL RETURN.