Readiness for the presence of Christ is unlike other passages in believing experience. It includes a measure of happiness. While much is made of the certainty of Christ’s coming and the demand that people prepare for the event so as to affirm our assignments in the current situation. What readiness looks like should not elude us and much of our dismay and anxiety may be reduced if Christ’s own words become the prism through which we see our happiness at that grand event.
Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Matthew 24:45-46
This saying pins parousia happiness to
- persons (servants) in authority
- giving food in due season
Meanwhile, many are wasting time reaching for sinlessness, miracle-working power or status, and treating their fellow householders as if
- there is a lot of time [ My lord delayeth his coming; ] And shall begin to smite his fellowservants,
- personal relationships rest on eating and drinking [and to eat and drink with the drunken; Matthew 24:48-49]