So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.  Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time?  It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.

Matthew 24:44-46

These are challenging words from the lips of Jesus as the end of his earthly ministry drew to a close and he faced the cross.  He knew that the gracious, saving work that his Father had given him to do would soon be completed when he bore our sins, took our place in death, and then rose again from the tomb.

But that would only be the beginning of the task he commits to all who would benefit from this saving grace and submit to him as Saviour and Lord.  The total Plan of Salvation would involve his Coming Back in power as the Reigning King over all of his Creation when he makes all things New.  In the meantime, all those who come to him in faith are commissioned by him to make his Name known throughout the whole world, so that as many people as possible will be able to WELCOME him as SAVIOUR when he comes, and not have to face his just CONDEMNATION as their JUDGE.

And because his Coming is a CERTAINTY, but the actual time of it has not been revealed to us, we have been given the responsibility, as his ‘servants in his household’, to be caring for one another in the Church he has redeemed with his blood.  The principle behind the Apostle Paul’s instruction to the elders at Ephesus applies to all of us: “Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers.  Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.” (Acts 20:28).

Are we feeding one another ‘at the proper time’ [ie NOW – cf 2 Timothy 4:2] with the encouragement of the ‘food’ of God’s Word [see Matthew 4:4 – cf Deuteronomy 8:3] at every opportunity we have to meet together, sharing openly the things that God is graciously doing in our own lives, and “encourag[ing] one another – and all the more as [we] see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:25)?  Remember, ‘It will be good for that servant whose master FINDS HIM DOING SO when he RETURNS.’