Another Side of Sunday: The Path

And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

Acts 1:10-11 ESV

I see the disciples dumbfounded by what they saw. Eyes big as saucers… mouths opened wide… heads cocked up like turkeys in the rain… (Yes… I know that’s not true, but it paints a great picture.)

Angels come to snap them out of their stupor, reminding them: What are you doing?! He’s coming back.

The reminder of His return should’ve brought to mind all His parables featuring a master going on a long journey entrusting his property to his servants while he was away.

“…It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. …”

Mark 13:34 ESV

Not only were the servants challenged to be productive with the master’s property, but to guard it while he was away.

In each parable, the master returned…

“…Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them….”

Matthew 25:19 ESV

He returned to judge their work and pay them accordingly. He expected a return on what he invested in his servants; the charge he gave them to work and guard what he had left in their hands while he was away.

In essence, the angels reminded the disciples: The Lord is going on a journey, it’s time for you to get to work. There’s not a moment to waste looking up at heaven. Your work is here on earth.

The same is true for us. We have work to do. What He’s invested in us — the apostle’s teachings, prayer, instruction in the Word, spiritual gifts, faith, grace — He expects us to use for His glory and the building of His Kingdom.

Do you find yourself looking up? gazing at how His prophecies will play out? or what heaven looks like? or whether angels have wings?

It’s time to take a look around. Consider what’s been entrusted to you and get to work. Walking in step with the Holy Spirit and obeying all He calls you to do.

Because we don’t know… when He will return…

Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober.

1Thessalonians 5:1-6 ESV

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