Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Master's House

UV 1583/10000 The Master’s House

For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
Mark 13 v 34

Jesus is the master of the house. He has left His house to us, His servants. He has given us authority. He has given us certain gifts and resources. He has assigned us our roles and responsibilities. He has appointed watchmen to watch over us. We will have to give account of how we acquitted ourselves, how we spent the resources, used the talents and gifts given to us. Our trust in the Master based on our knowledge of His character and His expectations of us determines how we live. Faith is life transforming, talent multiplying, resource augmenting and purpose fulfilling. Those who do not have faith or trust will begin to think that the Master not being around for a long while will never return. They will breach the trust reposed in them by the Master. They will arrogate power to themselves and act without a sense of responsibility or trust.

The earth is the Master’s house. The faithful servants will always know that Jesus is the wonderful counsellor, Mighty God, Prince of Peace , Eternal King and Compassionate Saviour. They know that these are not just empty high sounding lofty titles but real attributes of Jesus that are manifested day in and day out in their lives. To manifest God is to celebrate life. They will imitate the very same reverence the Son Jesus showed towards the Father. They will know that Jesus is always present. He is closer to them than their own skin. They acknowledge Jesus at every turn. They will work with all their hearts and all their strength, strain every nerve and muscle to please the Lord in their daily lives.

The faithful servants look forward to the return of the Master with hope while those who resent Him hope that He never ever comes back. The former make their “yeses” to be “yes” and their “nos” to be nos. They love the straight and narrow and avoid the paths that are lazy, crooked and that lead away from the house of the Lord. They keep their lamps shining and burning bright. They eagerly look for signs of the Lord’s return. When the Lord prospers them in their ways, they take no credit for it and attribute it entirely to the grace of the Master. The Lord expects not “eye service” or ‘lip service’ but “heart service.” The watchmen are the persons anointed by the Lord to watch over His flock of the faithful, to report the goings on in His house, to convey instructions and messages from the Lord to the faithful and to carry their burdens and issues to Him.

Prateep V Philip

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