“But if that person [the worker] only looks out for himself, and the minute the Master is away does what he pleases—abusing the help and throwing drunken parties for his friends—the Master is going to show up when he least expects it and make hash of him.” Matthew 24:48-50. (The Message Bible)
I work in a church, and when the boss is away, my co-worker, Cindy, and I don’t dip into the communion wine, but sometimes we spend more time than a normal coffee break chatting about our life outside the church. When that happens, I usually tack time on to the end of the day, because if I don’t make up the time, I feel as if I have stolen a quarter from petty cash for each moment wasted and tossed it into the garbage can.
The parable Jesus told of the worker in the Matthew scripture is about how we need to live our lives as if the “boss” is going to walk into the office at any time, and if he catches us hanging around the water cooler, we may miss the chance for a promotion when Christ returns.
Dear Lord, give me the sense of responsibility to fulfill the commitments I make to serve you. Amen.