Matthew 24:45-46 Being Faithful and Wise

“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? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.” Matthew 24:45-46

Jesus is talking about what the end times will be like. It will be a time when everyone is doing their own thing, not paying attention to the time. Now Jesus talks about the servant who is doing the correct thing.

In the workplace there are times when the boss will give a list of things for the workers to do, and then he leaves. While he is gone, he expects the directives that he has given to be followed.

Often there are some in the workplace who will then start to play and goof-off. One or more of the workers will not do much, while the rest do all the work. It appears that they are getting away with the playing.

Then, suddenly the boss reappears earlier than what was expected. Those who were playing then get into trouble with the boss. No one has a problem with this because they are supposed to be working, not playing.

Jesus likens this to the end of time and His return. He is the boss. All believers are the servants/workers. Some will be partying and not doing the work they are supposed to be doing and will be punished. Others will be working correctly and will be rewarded.

What is the work you are supposed to be doing for God? At a minimum it is being a witness and living for God. God has an individual plan of work specific to each person. He expects you to be doing the work He has given you.

Seek God to know what job He wants you to be doing. Now, faithfully do that work. Be wise and do not live your life for yourself. Live for God and for others. God will take care of you.

When Jesus returns or calls you home, may He find you being the wise and faithful servant.

Are you being wise and faithful today?

I pray today that God will reveal His work for you to do; that you will do the work God has given you to do; that you will be wise and faithful to Jesus; that you be His witness daily in everything you say and do; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.

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Matthew 24:4 Don’t Be Deceived

“Jesus answered: Watch out that no one deceives you.” Matthew 24:4

The disciples asked Jesus what sign there will be of the end and His return. Jesus starts out with telling them to not be deceived, then He proceeds to tell about some of the signs of the end.

As you study the end times prophecies, you must always keep Jesus and His Words at the forefront of everything. It is very easy to be deceived.

How many times have you purchased a product online that looked and sounded great, only to see when you get it that it was really just junk?

There are catalogs out there that promote some décor object that looks really great in the pictures. You forget to read the fine print. When it arrives, this great looking décor is so small you almost need a microscope to see it. You put it on a shelf and cannot see it again. You were deceived.

As the end times get closer there have been wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes, famines and other signs. Along with these signs, there have been people who have claimed to be Jesus Himself. Others try to change the meaning of His return and claim He really is not coming. While others completely deny Jesus altogether.

Over the years you may remember various times when someone made headline news about the day the world will end and God will reign. Each of those days have come and gone.

When Jesus returns, everyone will know. No person will have to be told that He has come.

Each day you see the signs of the end of time coming, you must remember that God is still in control. Jesus is waiting for the right time to return. No matter how bad it gets, God is patiently in control, waiting to send Jesus back.

Do not worry about what is going on. Stay focused on Jesus. Stay immersed in the Bible. Be filled with His Holy Spirit. Do not let the fears of this world consume you and deceive you.

I pray today that God will fill you with His peace; that you will know that God is in control; that you will know in your heart that Jesus is coming again; that you will spend time spreading the news of Jesus to everyone you meet; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.

Matthew 23:25 Clean the Inside

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.” Matthew 23:25

Jesus is in the process of bringing many accusations against the Pharisees and teachers of the law. These are the people who are leading the temple worship.

In this verse He tells them that they clean the outside of the cup, but leave the inside dirty.

Cleaning the outside of a dish is good. It will make the dish sparkle when it is setting on the shelf in the cupboard. Would you use that same cup if you pulled it off the shelf and looked in it and saw coffee and coffee grinds in the bottom?

No one would want it. You would also be upset with whoever said it was clean and put it in the cupboard.

Jesus was looking at the Pharisees in the same way. They stated that they were clean because they went through the ceremonial washings and did all the correct sacrifices. Yet, Jesus stated that inside they were full of greed and self-indulgence.

Greed and self-indulgence is the center of self. It is looking out for yourself before anyone else, including God. The Pharisees were saying to the people “do as I say, not as I do”. They knew the laws of God, and yet broke them all the time in their hearts and lives in private.

Why do you do or say what you do and say? All too often it is to build yourself up. Many people in position, in and outside the church, often are doing things for themselves, rather than to help someone else.

Jesus had stated that every believer is supposed to be a servant to everyone else. You are to live like Jesus lived. You are to give like God gave.

It is not about you. It is not about what you can get. It is all about God, being like Jesus, and bringing others to Jesus.

Make sure your life is clean on the inside. Make sure your heart is clean before God of all greed and self. Let God’s Holy Spirit reveal to you where there is sin in your heart and allow yourself to be cleaned.

I pray today that you will seek to be clean before God; that you will allow the Holy Spirit to clean you; that you will be the same both inside and outside; that you will remove all greed in your life; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.

Matthew 23:12 Don’t Be Humbled

“For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Matthew 23:12

Men and women like to be exalted, to be lifted up, praised, and honored. It will make them feel like they have done something good or of great value.

There is nothing wrong in getting honored for something you have done. The problem comes in when you seek that honor yourself.

Very often people place themselves in a position of honor in order to receive that praise. They are telling people to look at them and see what they have done. These people are full of pride.

Pride tells everyone to look at me and lift me up. In Proverbs, you are told that pride comes right before a fall. Now, Jesus is stating the same thing. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled.

To be humbled, is to be put down, put into your place. No matter who you are, you are not as high or great as you may think you are. If you climb up on a pedestal, remember that now you are higher and have farther to fall.

Every person puts on their pants the same way, one leg at a time. This makes you no different from anyone else. Everyone also has been given the breath of life by God. Without God no one can do anything. Without God you are nothing.

Keeping this in mind, you must then humble yourself. Be real with yourself and with others. You may be doing great things, but it is because God has allowed you to and given you that ability. It is not because you are great.

Be willing to be the low man on the totem pole or ladder. God will lift you up in His time. Jesus said whoever humbles himself will be exalted. Just as Joseph was lifted up to the position of second in command of Egypt, so God may lift you up in the right time.

Don’t lift yourself up, it is a long fall down. Let God lift you up and you will rise and stay much higher. Jesus humbled Himself by dying on the cross, can you do any less?

I pray today that you will let God use you as a servant to others; that you will not lift yourself up, but let God honor you; that your heart will not be filled with pride; that you will keep yourself humble before God and others; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.

Matthew 22:31-32 God of the Living

“But about the resurrection of the dead–have you not read what God said to you, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.” Matthew 22:31-32

Some Sadducees had come to Jesus trying to trap Him. They knew the Law stated that if a man dies without children, his wife is to marry his brother. They set up a situation where one is married multiple times with no children. Then they ask whose wife she will be in heaven.

Jesus first points out that there is no marriage in heaven. Then He points out that God is the God of the living, not the dead.

The Sadducees were focused on those that were dead. They could not comprehend that when people die physically, they are not necessarily dead spiritually.

Every person born has died spiritually with God. Sin brings about the spiritual death, a separation from God.

When a person dies physically, their spirit lives on. The difference is where their spirit will live–heaven or hell. It will be an eternal life of suffering or of blessing.

God is worshipped by those who are living. When a person begins to serve and worship God, he is truly living life. Jesus stated that He came to give life and life abundantly.

It is easy to look at God as the God of your parents or the founding fathers. You need to see God as the God of the living, both past and present.

Jesus is alive, even today. If you see Jesus as the God of the living, you will see that you can have that life today also. You will know that you can have that personal relationship directly with God, rather than just through someone else’s words and experience.

Seek the God of the living today. Know the true life that He can give you. Know that all who die today in Jesus, will be seen some day again in heaven.

I pray today that you will know God in a personal way; that you will know the life God provides; that you will not fear death; and that God will help you show others the life God can provide.

Matthew 22:14 Many Invited

“For many are invited, but few are chosen.” Matthew 22:14

Jesus made a statement that is difficult for some to accept. How can a loving God invite many, but only choose a few? Why would He not chose everyone?

Look at the parable that this statement comes from. It is about a king who was putting on a wedding. People who were of “good” standing were invited. These were the influential business people. Every one of them came up with an excuse as to not be there for the wedding.

The king then goes out to the streets and invites the common, “low-life” people to the wedding. These people do not have the proper clothing for such a wedding. The king is willing to provide the needed clothing.

At the wedding there was a man who was there that did not have on the proper clothing. The king kicks him out of the wedding ceremony.

The king had invited many people to the wedding, but only those who were properly dressed were allowed in. Those who were not properly dressed were not allowed in.

God sent Jesus to save every person in the world. Every person is called to be a child of God. Every person has a chance to be saved and get into heaven, but the only ones who will actually be saved and get into heaven are those who believe and follow Jesus.

In yourself, you are not dressed to get into heaven. You are dressed in sin and filthy rags. You have on the clothing of the world. Even with all the good works you do, you are still in dirty, raggedy clothing.

Only the righteous clothing of Jesus can cloth you correctly. When you believe in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, you can be clothed with His righteousness.

When you have on Jesus, God sees Jesus in you and will allow you to be saved and get into heaven. Any other clothing is disrespectful to God and will not be allowed into heaven.

Make sure that your life is clothed with Jesus. Live, act, and talk like Jesus did. Put on His righteousness and be saved. Make sure you are ready for the great wedding when Jesus returns for His bride–the church, which you are a part of.

I pray today that God will reveal ways to be more like Jesus; that you will put on the righteousness of Jesus; that you will trust Jesus alone for your salvation; and that you will allow God to dress you for heaven.

Matthew 21:44 Don’t Be Crushed

“Anyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.” Matthew 21:44

Jesus had just quoted from Psalm 118:22-23, about the stone builders rejected becoming the cornerstone. The cornerstone is the most important stone in a building. It is what holds the building up and together.

Jesus calls Himself that stone, the chief cornerstone. In today’s verse, He states that anyone who falls on that stone will be broken, but if it falls on the person, he will be crushed.

Falling on Jesus is a point of giving up your life to Him. Letting Him have full control.

In life, many people feel they are in absolute control of their lives. Everything seems to be going just right for them. When a person comes to Jesus, they realize that they really do not have any control. This will break a person up.

No one likes to be told they are not in control of their own lives. No one likes to be told they are a failure and a sinner. Yet, that is just what each person is, without Jesus.

Coming to Jesus will break those walls down. He will break the arguments, thoughts, and customs of this world that has taken control in your life.

There are those who have chosen not to follow Jesus. When the end comes and Jesus returns, it will be the time the rock, Jesus, falls on them. At that point, there will be no more hope or salvation. They will be crushed and their soul destroyed for eternity in hell.

In the workplace, often a boss will tell the workers that if they make a mistake, it is better that they come forward first with it, then for him to find out second-hand. There may be a price to pay for the mistake, but it will not be as great as if found out by second sources.

In the same way, if you come to Jesus first, He is willing to forgive you. Admit you are broke and need to be fixed. If Jesus comes to you first, in the end times, He will crush you.

Allow yourself to be broken by Jesus today and receive the life He is willing to give you.

I pray today that you will fall on Jesus; that you will allow yourself to be broken by Jesus; that God will reveal faults in your life; that you will allow God to make you into the person He wants you to be; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.