Living with the End in View involves
Responding to His Invitation to Serve
“Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
Then Peter said to Him, “Lord, do You speak this parable only to us, or to all people?” (Luke 12:40–41)
Peter wondered: who is the Lord commanding to be ready for His coming? Only His first twelve disciples, or all people? Here’s how the Lord answered the question:
And the Lord said, “Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all he has.” (12:40–44)
The Lord invites you and me into His work. In the work, He will challenge our independence so that we work His way. He will change the center of our personal universe so we become more attentive to Him. He will bring us into a deeper relationship with Him so we can know His will better. He will teach us to trust His love, power, and wisdom, so we can labor with assurance that our own needs will be met. This is the gospel—God invites sinners to know Him, and puts them in to work for His kingdom, reveals Himself to them, then rewards them with everlasting blessings and rewards.
The Lord invites everyone to live under His lordship, not just a few. But to the ones who persevere in their devotion to Him when He comes, He will give great possessions and ruling authority in His coming kingdom.
Have you taken personally His invitation to serve Him?
Do you feel you have too little talent to offer or time to serve?
Do you feel too insignificant or unimportant to be involved as a servant? Jesus trained the twelve disciples in kingdom principles, exposing their temper, pride and other character flaws. Yet they became people who turned the world upside down.
Do you have a temper? James and John wanted to command fire to consume a city which had rejected their message. Read their epistles in the New Testament to see how they changed their tune to proclaim truth and love.
Do you have pride and self-sufficiency? Peter rebuked the Lord, in whom is hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge! Read the book of Acts to see how he fared as a humbled, obedient servant.
Does money run your life? Matthew the tax collector left all to follow the Lord, and ended up writing the book that bears his name.
Do you feel you are not nice enough? Isaiah, in the presence of the holy, realized he had a unclean mouth. The Lord forgave him—and Isaiah felt emboldened to volunteer his service and speak for God.
Living with the end in view means saying daily, “Speak, Lord, Your servant is listening. I want to be involved.”
Steps of faith:
If there are opportunities to serve, consider honestly any reasons why you would not volunteer your time.
Read your church bulletin to see how the Lord is working around you, and prayerfully consider how you might get involved.
In the work you are involved in, encourage yourself with the large reward God reserves for those who labor faithfully to the end.