Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Ultimate Pop Quiz

Remember the oft-dreaded pop quiz in school? It was telling to watch and listen to your fellow students' responses to that "Put away your books" declaration of the pop quiz. Did they immediately show signs of nervousness? Or did they fairly calmly put everything away as the quiz made its way down the row to them? Which were you -- the "Oh, no, I knew I should have studied" student or the "All that studying and staying caught up pays off now" student?

While those questions might make for either a pleasant walk down memory lane or bring back a twinge of that sense of panic, that is not the point of this. I want to turn our attention, our minds and our actions to the ultimate pop quiz - the return of the King.

I read about Jesus' return in Matthew 24 in my quiet time one day last week. In verse 44, Jesus tells us that His return will come at an hour you do not expect. (I recommend this passage to those out there making predictions about the date for the end of the world.) If we don't know when Jesus, the King of kings, will return, how should we handle it? Be ready. Always! But what are we to be doing? What will our Master expect to find His bondservants doing when He returns. On to Matthew 24:45-46 where Jesus addresses just that.

"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."

To be found as a faithful bondservant when Jesus returns, we must be found feeding the sheep. This is especially true for those of us He has entrusted with leadership. This is the same command Jesus gave Peter three times in John 21 (feed my lambs, tend my sheep, feed my sheep). And you know there is only one food for Jesus' flock -- the Word of God.

If the King returns tomorrow -- or yet today -- what will He find you doing? Are you ready for the ultimate pop quiz?