In Luke 19, Jesus told a parable that served as an illustration of His second coming. Verse 13 leaves a firm command that says “occupy until I come.” The parable was a story of a man who left to go on a trip, leaving his servants in charge. They were to take care of his personal money matters until he returned. One servant failed to do what had been asked of him. The results were anything but positive.
The Second Coming
As Christians, we hear often about being prepared for the second coming of Jesus Christ. Although it is a soon coming reality, we miss an important part of what Jesus was saying in the parable. He will return, but he wants us to occupy until he comes. The word occupy in this particular text comes from a word that is speaking of an action similar to a military occupation. In other words, we are not expected to sit idly by while looking for the Lord’s return. We have work to do, action to take.
While we are waiting, we have life. The life we have is by the grace of God, so, we should be living that life in a manner pleasing to Him. Not only should we do our best in all our undertakings, but we should also point people to Jesus Christ. Our job is not to be idle or careless, but we should be living lives obedient to the Holy Spirit, then, when He returns, we will not be caught by surprise.
What Should You Do?
The theme of my blog comes from Philippians 1:21 which states that to live is Christ and to die is gain. When God calls us home, it will be gain. In the meantime, to live is Christ. Living my life is pleasing to Christ. Even when it is mundane and appears to be of no significance, it pleases Christ for me to live to glorify Him.
When you demonstrate His love to others through acts of charity or mercy, it brings glory to Him. Think about it. You have at least one opportunity on a daily basis to demonstrate forgiveness. There are opportunities on a daily basis to bring glory to Christ through the way you live.
The phrase “to live is Christ” does not indicate a life that is perfect, nor does it indicate a perfect person. You and I will make mistakes. When we do, we should repent, then move on. When those who do not know Christ see us repent of wrong doing and move on, it will speak volumes about the love of Christ.
While we are waiting on Christ to return, we do not have time to get into disputes over various end-time beliefs. Trust me, I have my own views concerning how it will all take place. We should spend our time spreading the good news of salvation. We should live to make a small difference in the life of another person. It is important that we occupy because Jesus might return during your lifetime or mine, but if He does not physically return, the time will come when He calls us home. Either way, we need to occupy while we are here.