BRP Insight Post for Week of April 15th, 2019
When I was a kid, I had an older cousin that was house sitting for a wealthy couple who lived on Lake Choctaw. He was so excited because he was getting paid really well and he got to stay in an unbelievable house for two weeks! As soon as the owners left, he lined up a whole string of guests. I remember him saying he slept in a different bedroom each night. My older brother and I were invited to spend the night. We were in awe of the beautiful house filled with all the expensive furnishings and the latest in technology. We listened to loud music on the built in sound system and watched movies all night. We ate fancy meals from fancy dishes in a fancy dining room. We had a great time and before we left the next day, we asked if we could help clean up. My cousin explained that we didn’t need to worry about that because he was getting paid to do the cleaning. And besides, he still had plenty of time before the owners returned. So, we had a great time and we left a huge mess. He loved to entertain and have fun. By the end of the two weeks, the house was trashed. Every single room was a mess! The grass wasn’t mowed, and all the food had been eaten. There wasn’t a single clean dish left in the kitchen! Guess what happened next? Since this was the first time the homeowners had asked my cousin to house sit, they came back three days early. What a disaster! They walked into their filthy house and found him asleep. He was caught completely unprepared, and he was terribly embarrassed. For the next three days, he had to stay and clean everything with them standing over him. This story came to mind as I read what Jesus said in Mark 13:32-37 (The Day and Hour Unknown).
“No one knows about the day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch. Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back – whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. What I say to you I say to everyone: Watch! (NIV)
We can also get caught up in our own goals and forget about what is important. Followers of Christ should live with a constant awareness that our lives matter and Jesus left something for all his servants to do. As a matter of fact, when we become followers of Christ, the Holy Spirit supernaturally gives us each at least one special gift. This gift is given for the distinct purpose of serving others in and through the local church. Do you know what your “serving gifts” are? The first step is to just jump in and serve wherever there is a need. Over time, your gifts and heart for serving in a particular area will be revealed. You can also take a spiritual gifts test and ask those close to you what they see in you. YOU are part of God’s plan for fulfilling HIS mission. Serving is also a vital part of your spiritual growth. If you aren’t serving, you are incomplete and you aren’t ready for the owner of the house to return. After all, Jesus himself came to serve and not to be served. What is your “assigned task”? What difference will you make? Don’t be caught distracted and asleep. Ask where you can serve today!
Director of Small Group & Lay Counseling Ministries