“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time?” (Reference: Matthew 24:42-45 )
One of the side benefits of having a cell phone is always being able to know what the correct time is. Whether it be a power outage, daylight saving time change, or any other interruption of dependent time keeping apparatus – a cell phone can let you know what time it is. In this day and age NO ONE lets their cell phone get drained down to “no power” because we are all too dependent on that lifeline to other media and communication. In fact one of the newest innovations of technology is a data link between your cell phone and a watch worn on the rest! So we should always know what time it is!
Except . . . even the greatest of technological innovations is not going to tell us when the Son of Man will be returning. If it could, we could and would all synchronize our various time pieces to that date so we should be ready. The alternative, the writer of Matthew suggests, is to be ready constantly. That is, live our lives in readiness so that at Christ’s return we would be judge worthy.
Five years ago, when I wrote on this passage, I used it to focus on the passing of someone I knew from seminary. He was a remarkable person. His life was a reflection of these verses, for was a “faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their [spiritual] food at the proper time.” As I said five years ago, the Son of Man may have come unexpectedly for modern Anabaptist/Mennonite believer, but the Divine did not catch him unawares. May the same be said of all of us. Selah beloved!
This is also the Monday of Holy Week. In the lectionary cycle this is the day the story of Mary is told, where she anointed Jesus with costly perfume. Not only was Mary criticized by the disciple for this, but her brother Lazarus was condemned to death by the high priests because his being raised from the dead by Jesus was causing many Jews to desert the high priests and follow Jesus. May you believed spend this week watching and being ready for Christ’s return. Selah!