Living with the end in view involves
Safeguarding Your Gains
Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. (Matt. 24:42–43)
You are a homeowner, and you have just received a tip. Tonight a professional thief will break into your home. He will come dressed as black as the night, walking as silent as a shadow. He will not be coming to your front door.
You are the master of the house. All of the people and possessions in it are yours. Forewarned of the thief’s coming, what are you going to do? You will probably purchase whatever protective devices your budget allows to keep your goods safe. You may install deadbolt locks, hidden safes, motion-detection alarms. You may even buy personal firearms, attack dogs, and barbed-wire fences, or hire security personnel.
You call the police in hopes they can waylay the thief. You request that they send a car to drive by your house from time to time, hoping to discourage the plot. You move the family to a hotel to keep them safe. But you will stay and guard your home.
In spite of your precautionary measures, sleep will still flee from you that night. You may be proactive and try to force the thief’s hand by sliding up one window easily accessible from outside, and standing motionless beside it with a baseball bat extended high, sweat crawling out of every pore, mentally muttering, Just wait till his head pokes through. Just wait . . .
As the master of your house, you would do whatever was necessary to guard what was yours, for over the years you have accumulated many things of value.
The Lord is also coming like a thief in the night. He is not threatening your stereo or computer systems, rare artworks, or cherished heirlooms. He wants your soul to be with Him.
Over the years that you have been a believer, you have accumulated a wealth of spiritual treasures. You have precious intimacy with Jesus. You have wisdom and knowledge. You have a wealth of heavenly words, pure as gold, that recall your heart to the Lord. Your robe of good works resides on its golden hook. Your crown shines on its velvet pillow.
“Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown” (Rev. 3:11). As the master of your soul, it is your responsibility to protect your spiritual possessions from your enemy, the devil. So you must put on the best security available: the armor God, which is truth, righteousness, gospel preparation, faith, salvation, and the Word of God (Eph. 6:13–17).
When Jesus comes, if you can stand before Him with a good conscience, your greatest treasures will be secure.
Is your house secure?
Living with the end in view means to count your spiritual gains as precious, and worth keeping.
Steps of faith:
Develop a steadfast spirit.
Be watchful against enemy’s inroads.
Selection from Living with the End in View, Book 1, Steve Husting