What are we suppose to be doing while waiting for the Second Coming. By looking at 3 of the parables in the Olivet Discourse, we can see what Christ is telling us we should be doing.
First, we are to be faithful to Christ and in our work for Christ. We'll first look at a parable Christ gave that is written Matthew 25.Mat 25:14 "For it is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves and entrusted his possessions to them.
Mat 25:15 "To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey.
Mat 25:16 "Immediately the one who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and gained five more talents.
Mat 25:17 "In the same manner the one who had received the two talents gained two more.
Mat 25:18 "But he who received the one talent went away, and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money.
Mat 25:19 "Now after a long time the master of those slaves *came and *settled accounts with them.
Mat 25:20 "The one who had received the five talents came up and brought five more talents, saying, 'Master, you entrusted five talents to me. See, I have gained five more talents.'
Mat 25:21 "His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.'
Mat 25:22 "Also the one who had received the two talents came up and said, 'Master, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have gained two more talents.'
Mat 25:23 "His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.'
Mat 25:24 "And the one also who had received the one talent came up and said, 'Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed.
Mat 25:25 'And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.'
Mat 25:26 "But his master answered and said to him, 'You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed.
Mat 25:27 'Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest.
Mat 25:28 'Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.'
Mat 25:29 "For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away.
Mat 25:30 "Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
This parable can be looked at in two ways. But both represent a picture of Christ being gone from this earth and what we do with the abilities He has given us and what we do with them while He is gone. It does not matter what abilities you have, but that you use them for Him. Some may be great and others might be little. But that is not the point. The point is that you use them and not just set on them. God knows our abilities as He is the one that gave them to us.
In this parable, the first two slaves were faithful to their master and performed to the best of their abilities. But the third slave did nothing. He didn't want to have to work while the master was gone. He wanted to do what he wanted to and not work for the master.
Again this parable is being delivered directly to the nation of Israel. But it also is directed at us. We all should use our abilities the best we can. See what happens to those that do their best for the master, and what happens to the one that doesn't. The latter is rejected and thrown out. In other words, Christ doesn't know him and he will not receive the rewards of heaven, but will end up in eternal agony.
One other thing to think about. This parable does not promote good works. It is about those that give their hearts to the master (Christ) and work to the best of their abilities in looking for His return. The others do not care about His return and do not want to do anything for Him because they don't believe in Him and that He is going to return.
Next we will look at the second parable
Mat 25:35 'For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and
you invited Me in;
Luk 16:10 "He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much.
2Ti 2:2 The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.