This morning in my time alone with God I read Mark 13.  Verses 34-36 really resonated with me.  Jesus tells a story about a master who goes on a trip, but will return….and when he returns – Jesus said make sure the master doesn’t find you sleeping.

It’s my hope and prayer personally and for our church family that if Jesus (the real Master) returns before we die – that He’ll not find us sleeping on the job.

It’s so easy when things are going well to think that we can kick back and relax — and yes there are times we need to rest; in fact, we are commanded to rest at times.  But too often I’m finding in the church today that Christians want to take time off from serving and being used consistently. We have this idea that we’ve done our “duty” so let someone else do it.  I think that’s a terrible mistake because everyone loses when we choose to do this.

I know that Proverbs 6:10-11 is about work and not being lazy, but I wonder if the principle of this verse could apply spiritually and even to any church family.  Proverbs 6:10-11 says:  “Sleep a little. Doze a little.   Fold your hands and twiddle your thumbs. Suddenly, everything is gone, as though it had been taken by an armed robber.”

If we decide to “twiddle our thumbs” – “doze a little” – “fold our hands” and quit working the fields that God has given us…….is it possible that before long everything will be gone?

It’s just a thought, but I hope you and I will not be caught “sleeping on the job” when the Master returns.

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have five grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Legacy Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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