When You Least Expect Him…

June 30th, 2008 • Category: Gospel of Luke
by David Squire

Today’s scripture: Luke 12:35-40 (ESV-text and audio) (KJV) (The Message)

As you read, consider: What might God be saying to me in this passage? Summarize your thoughts in a sentence or two.

My thoughts (David Squire):

When I read this scripture, my mind immediately went the same place Mark’s did a couple days ago — to that poster/tshirt design — “Jesus Is Coming.  Look Busy!”  But since my gift of sarcasm isn’t nearly as developed as his is, I decided not to use the picture.  :)

I think I’ve always thought that the shirt really did sum up the message of this scripture — it’s just the “Brutally Honest, Extra-Snarky Revised Version.”  Jesus will be coming back, and if you’re not watching and waiting, there’ll be hell to pay.  But another thought came to me as I read this, a thought that’s more hopeful and less fearful.

I’ve written before about the times I’ve felt like I’ve been in the presence of Jesus.  All of those times were when His followers — friends, partner, pastors — were doing God’s work, literally being Jesus to me at the time.  I think God rarely directly intervenes in the workings of this world.  Instead, God relies on us — those who are committed to following Christ and being Christ — to accomplish God’s will on earth.

I wonder if today’s scripture can be seen as encouraging — maybe even mandating — that behavior.

What if the Jesus I’m waiting for isn’t the second coming, Jesus returning in the clouds?  What if, instead, it’s the Jesus I’m supposed to see in my fellow humans?  What if it’s the Jesus in me that I’m supposed to be?  Honestly, I don’t see those Jesuses nearly as often as I should.

Thought for the day:  When am I expecting to see Jesus?  Only in some far off, future event?  Or every day, in every person and situation I encounter?

We encourage you to include a time of prayer with this reading.  If you need a place to get started, consider the guidelines on the How to Pray page.

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