Now is the time to prepare for the Coming of the Messiah this Advent Season. Meet us here each day of Advent where we will be posting a blog written by members of First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, representing an intergenerational sampling of contributors as they reflect on the scripture selections from the Daily Lectionary Advent readings from the Book of Common Worship. If you would like to download a copy of the First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem Advent Devotional, CLICK HERE.
LECTIONARY READING: Zechariah 3:1–10; Revelation 4:1–8; Matthew 24:45–51
“Who, then, is a faithful and wise servant?” asks Jesus in the parable of the faithful and evil servants found in Matthew 24:45–51. Jesus describes the wise and faithful servant as someone who honors his responsibilities in everything he does and follows the will of the master, not knowing when the master will return. If the master were to drop in on us unannounced today, what would he find? Do we behave the same way in our public lives as we do in our private lives, when we think no one is watching?
This parable could apply to each and every one of us as we are all servants of God, our families, our communities, and the world. When we live our lives wisely and faithfully and love our neighbors as ourselves, we not only prepare for Christ’s arrival, but we provide encouragement and inspiration, setting an example for others to follow.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to be good and faithful servants and to honor our responsibilities as Christians in all that we do. We ask for your help to prepare our hearts and minds now as we anticipate your coming this Advent season and celebrate your birth with joy. Amen.