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Occupy Till I Come

Bible Text: Luke 19:13

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Bible Reading

Luke 19:13
And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come

Memory Verse

Matthew 24:46-47
Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions.

MESSAGE

What does the sentence “Occupy Till I Come” connot? What did Jesus mean when he told the parable of the talents? We as Christian faithful are admonished here by our Lord Jesus Christ to remain steadfast and committed to the kingdom business until he returns to take away the saints to himself. Mark 13:32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father”.

As followers of Jesus Christ, we at all times must be conscious, focused and resolute on obeying the call to preach the good news of salvation occasioned by the Lord’s finished work of grace, with the sole aim of depopulating the kingdom of darkness to the advantage of heaven. 2 Corinthians 5:20,
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

As faithful, chosen and separated unto good works, we must remain vigilant, watching and praying till the Lord shall appear to take home all faithful and committed workers in his vineyard home. To do this without fail, we must abide inseparably as branches of that great vine in other to bear fruits that Will also abide. John 15:4, Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

Remember the story of the ten virgins, we must be very careful not to allow the worries and cares of the world as well as inadequate preparation take us away from our duty post, I mean our place of occupation. Matthew 25:1-13. The 10th to 13th verses of this text paints a clear picture of the consequences of slack in the place of occupation, waiting for the coming of our Lord, who is portrayed as the bridegroom. 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

Our Lord Jesus Christ in John 14 encouraged us not to worry as he was not leaving us comfortless while occupying as we await his second coming. He even promised us greater works if we believe and trust him to take us through the period of occupation while watching and praying. John 14:12-18, 12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

Only faithful occupiers will get the rewards for their sacrifice of not fainting and wavering in the place of waiting. Matthew 25:21,
His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

When our Lord Jesus Christ comes back, he will diligently reward, the works of everyone, remember that this time, he will not come as the savior, but as a Judge, he will recompense all according to the result of their occupation while he was away.

In conclusion, to remain fervent, faithful and committed, we all need the help of the comforter, our helper assigned to help us in and through all things. Without the help and leading of the holy spirit, we can do nothing. Ephesians 2:10,For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, and that we should work in them. Therefore let us watch and pray as we occupy, waiting faithfully till Jesus comes back.

Keynote

Philippians 3:13
Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14. I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Prayer

HOLY SPIRIT DIVINE, HELP TO CONTINUE TO OCCUPY TILL THE COMING OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. IN HIS SAVING NAME I PRAY

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