In The Proper Time

 My devotions recently took me to Matthew 24 and I thought of a sweet homeschooling momma of two who passed away several years ago.   We were part of the same playgroup during our early years. As children chased each other through parks and yards, we moms visited and encouraged each other.  I remember my friends as a gentle smiling spirit.  A couple of months before she died she sent me a note of encouragement that meant much to me. I knew she was struggling in the terrible battle vs. cancer, and yet here she was encouraging me. 

 Matthew 24 is filled with information about Christ’s return; I was struck by the words afresh. “Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming”. (vs. 42) “…Be ready too; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will”. (44) Jesus then tells a parable of two servants. One is “faithful and sensible” when put in charge of the Master’s household. He was faithful because he cared for those under his authority within that “proper time".

As Christian parents we have been entrusted with the care of souls in the Master’s household. This opportunity only lasts so long. For some it may eighteen years but no one is guaranteed how long we will have to hone our children.  We have been granted limited windows of time to feed our children spiritual truths. During these slices of time, we are allowed to show by our very actions what is truly important and what is not. 

Jesus also tells of the wicked servant who “says in his heart, ‘My master is not coming for a long time’ and began to beat his fellow slaves” and eat and drink with the worst kind. He thought he had time to get it right, to fix his mistakes, to still fulfill the Master’s commands. But the Master returned and discovered the wicked slave in full sin.  His opportunity to do well was gone forever.

The unfaithful servant did not act within the proper time. He was a hypocrite. He pretended to be the leader, the one who should have cared for the Master’s other children but he did not. Oh, what a warning! Do we ever assume that we will have more time to make things right within our families instead of acting immediately? If we as parents allow ourselves to be sidetracked by personal pursuits instead of fulfilling our God given duty as servants in our homes, we fail. 

A group of many of the same moms who had attended that first play group sat around remembering our friend. “How blessed that she homeschooled,” one shared, “her children had the chance to really know her.” And she was right. Her children did really know her and would have a chance of remembering her more fully because she had them with her every day, 24/7. Homeschooling had allowed her to redeem every minute for her impact on their lives. Our friend had shared truth with her little loved ones on a daily basis and she fed them faithfully in the “proper time” that was allotted her. 

 Well done, good and faithful servant. I look forward to seeing dear Lorrie’s smiling face among the saints in heaven.

 

Posted by Christine Bullock on Apr 22, 2012 at 11:44 PM | Categories: Discipling - Encouragement -

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