“Wait till your father gets home” would put fear in the minds of many kids when they heard that, or so I have been told. A lot would depend on two things; what kind of father you had and what was going to be reported when he got there. You know what I mean right? If dad has a short fuse, or if we did something we knew was wrong, it would be a tense time of waiting. But on the other hand, if father was kind and we had done something that would make him proud then it is a different type of anticipation all together. Either way we had to wait.
“While we wait…”, no one likes to wait, but we all have to in many different ways. This morning we want to consider what the Scripture says about what we are to do while we are waiting for Christ’s return. It is my hope that we get encouragement to make good use of the time we have been given. That we would understand that He is coming for sure and that until that day we have things to do. Jesus spoke often and very straightforward about this and the Apostles picked up on it and echoed the message to the church. In 1837 Elizabeth Mills wrote a hymn that speaks to this message. It’s first verse and refrain went like this;
O land of rest, for thee I sigh! When will the moment come?
When I shall lay my armor by and dwell in peace at home?
Refrain: We’ll work till Jesus comes, We’ll work till Jesus comes, We’ll work till Jesus comes, And we’ll be gathered home.
Jesus said; “As long as it is day, we must do the work of Him who sent Me. Night is coming, when no one can work.” John 9:4