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How to “Watch” for Jesus’ Return

Matthew 24:44-51 – “Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.  “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.  Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions.  But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed,’  and begins to beat his fellow servants and eats and drinks with drunkards,  the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know and will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth”

In Matthew 24 Jesus speaks about his return, and he reminds us that the way to be ready is not to try to figure out the date, but to watch for his return. But what does it mean to watch? Does it mean to stop all else, and then to sit and stare into the heavens? Is it even possible to be constantly alert for his return? In this passage Jesus reminds us that “when the master leaves a servant in charge during his absence, he does not expect to find him waiting at the door when he returns, but rather getting onto the job entrusted to him. Neither of the two servants portrayed has advance knowledge of the master’s return; the difference is in the way he finds them behaving. Our ‘readiness’ for the coming of Jesus is not in excited speculation but in faithful stewardship.” (New Bible Commentary, IVP, p. 937). May God enable me to live a faithful life each and every day so that I am found serving my Lord when he returns.