Today's passage is part of a larger text beginning in Matthew 24 where Jesus begins to talk about ends times and God's judgement. The truth is, we don't know when God's redemptive plan will come to its final fruition. What we do know is that we ought to be prepared to endure in this fallen world our entire lives. Though the darkness of night persists, we must work to keep our lamp burning. We ought also to be at work in the world. Doing so is a testimony to others and to God. In serving we reveal the authenticity of our faith and invite God to come and finish what we have begun in his name.
April 4, 2019