Watch While You Work

Whatever you do,
work at it with all your heart
       —Colossians 3:23

The people of Noah’s day were consumed with worldly affairs: eating, drinking, marrying; but comatose regarding eternal matters. Same in the days of Lot: buying and selling, planting and building (Lk 17:27, 28). Absorbed with earthly business; indifferent to heavenly reflection.

On the other hand, some of the Thessalonians were slothful in the “now” but absorbed with the “not yet.” Convinced that the Lord’s coming was imminent, they stopped working: shut the shop, closed the blinds, turned off the lights.

Be alert to both the “now” and the “not yet”; oblivious to neither. The Lord honors both working and watching. The person who won’t work doesn’t deserve to eat (2 Thes 3:10). The person who won’t watch will be caught napping at his coming (Mk 13: 35-36).

Enjoy time, while keeping
an eye on the timeless.

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