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Many of us have already made goals for the year and are diligently working on or towards them. I hope that some of us have made some spiritual goals as well so that we grow close to the Lord this year. Honestly, it took me a little while this year to lock in on a spiritual goal or theme for this year, but a couple weeks ago, I read a passage in my study of Luke that was one of those “this is it” moments from the Lord and I wanted to share this with you because I think it has much application for our lives and our work as Physical Therapists.
“Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes…You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” Luke 12:35-37, 40
What is the main theme of the message? Be ready for Christ’s return. But not only that we should be ready, but that we should be doing that which honors the Lord when he comes back. Jesus says to be like those that are awake. When we are awake, we are doing things. Think about that. Think about all the things that we do in a day - the attitudes and emotions we exhibit, the decisions we make, the content we consume, etc. We don’t know when Christ will return but we will be blessed to be doing what honors him when he comes back.
So what’s the implication for us as? To answer that we need to think about where we spend most of our time - at our jobs. So, thinking practically, there is a higher likelihood that Christ would return while we are working than when at our home or at our churches. So, we should think about what we will be doing and saying when he returns. We want to be serving our patients well. Treating them with respect as image bearers of God. We want to make sure we are working hard and using all of our abilities for his glory. We want to make sure that we are sharing the Gospel and praying for our patients. We want to make sure that our words towards co-workers and patients are encouraging and not negative. We want to show respect for our bosses and those in authority over us. The list could go on and on but the bottom line remains: We want to be doing that which honors God at my work should he return while I am working. Is that your goal?
And for the time when we are not at work but by ourselves or with our families, we need to think about the same thing. When Christ returns, I want to be loving and caring for my wife well. I want to be nurturing, teaching, and playing with my children well. I want to make sure that I am speaking kind words and having a thankful attitude. If I am not being actively involved in social activities with my family or projects around the house, then I want to make sure that in my downtown I am consuming media that edifies and doesn’t degrade or glorifying God in my hobbies.
I believe this is an important idea to think about because Jesus tells us that for those of us that are awake when he returns (active and doing that which honors and glorifies God) are blessed. We need that eternal perspective as a challenge and motivation but we cannot begin to live like I’ve just described without the blessed grace and mercy of Jesus. We need Jesus in order to live for him. So, surrender your life to Christ. Live for him in these days. And be doing what would make Jesus smile when he comes back.
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