What comes to your mind when you're asked by a friend to occupy his or her room till he or she returns?
What do you do to keep yourself busy till he or she comes back?
Do you become so comfortable forgetting the room isn't yours?
Do you get carried away by the furniture or other interior decors that beautifies(d) the room?
Do you think of the negative impact it will cause you when the rightful owner comes to take back what you've gotten so comfortable with, thinking it's totally yours?
My brethren, this earth is not ours. We are just caretakers. It's our Creator's, the Maker of heaven and earth.
Luke 19:13 â€”"And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come."
We are to take good care of it till He comes back because no one will be happy leaving a well furnished and equipped apartment in your custody only to come back to find it half ripped? Horrible right?
Now tell me, how do you think our Creator feels each time we come up with our silly excuses and nonchalant attitude towards the Work He has committed in our hands?
Remember, we are to occupy till He comes.
We are in this world but not of this world.
1 John 2:15-17 â€”"Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever."
How well are you taking care of what has been put in your hands/custody?
What contribution have you made to add more beauty and value so that the One who has trusted you with so much can be happy and pleased?
To whom much is given, much is expected.
Can your Heavenly Father say to you as He did to David that you're His son in whom He's well pleased?
Let's check ourselves and repent!
Go back to the house that was left in your care and think of how you can beautify it more than it was.
I close with two lessons and I'll be making reference to both parables in the book of Matthew chapter 25. One talks about the ten virgins, of which five were foolish and the others, wise.
Lesson 1: Watch, therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming." â€”Matthew 25:13
The other parable talks about the kingdom of heaven is like a man travelling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one. I'm sure we all know the end of that story and for those who have forgotten, I advise we read through again.
Lesson 2: For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have in abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away." â€”Matthew 25:29
In other words, whatever gift God has given to you, you can choose not to make use of it or not, the day of reckoning is fast approaching and my prayer is that it wouldn't leave us in regrets and agony.
Do the Lord's Work while you still can.
It pays to listen.
Occupy till He comes!!
Mark 16:15 â€”"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature."