Please read Mark 13:32-27, Matthew 24:36-51, Luke 21:34-38, and Matthew 25 today. For me, I like an early morning – but not everyone is the same. The goal is to read daily, pray daily, practice being in the presence of the Lord daily. We have several familiar passages today –
Mark 13:34 stood out to me:
““It’s also like a man going off on an extended trip. He called his servants together and delegated responsibilities. To one he gave five thousand dollars, to another two thousand, to a third one thousand, depending on their abilities. Then he left.”. Mark 13:34 MSG
That’s us – the servants who have been entrusted as the boss went away. We have been entrusted with the work of Jesus, each of us having different talents or assignments – but the and goal is the same. Let’s purpose to steward it well. Jesus is returning soon!
I also notice how in Luke 21:34-36, Jesus puts the same emphasis on worrying about the cares of this life as He does on drunkenness and carousing (that’s significant).
“But be on your guard. Don’t let the sharp edge of your expectation get dulled by parties and drinking and shopping. Otherwise, that Day is going to take you by complete surprise, spring on you suddenly like a trap, for it’s going to come on everyone, everywhere, at once. So, whatever you do, don’t go to sleep at the switch. Pray constantly that you will have the strength and wits to make it through everything that’s coming and end up on your feet before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:34-36 MSG
We are not to be so concerned with the cares of life, so distracted, so worried that it pushes out our ability to focus on the Lord and trust Him and operate in faith. When we are so weighed down with the cares of the world that we lose our ability to trust God, we lose sight of His goodness. There isn’t one sin worse than another. We can be busy about things and not be busy about the Lord.