GOOD ADVICE Matthew 24: 36-51

Yesterday would have been my father’s birthday.  Ellsworth (he preferred Bud!) Fischer was a house painter and interior decorator.  He was good at what he did.  Made fair money even in difficult times.  Not ‘easy street’, but we were never forced to live on the street either.  Thanks Dad, for providing so well for your family!

Growing up, I don’t remember him giving much advice.  He wasn’t the type.  But when it came to school, he always said to do your best.  I did.  I loved school.  Doing my best is easy when you love what you’re doing.

Most weeks he and I would drive to his local bank where he’d make deposits into my folk’s savings and checking accounts.  He would advise me to take any amount I could out of whatever paycheck I earned, and put it in the bank.  $5 or $10 a week becomes seed money for later needs.  Good counsel Dad, which I also heeded.  I’m so glad I did.

Do your best.  Save for later on.  Be honest.  And never work for family or friends!

In Matthew 24 Jesus tells His followers that the timing for His second coming is known only to God the Father.  Oh, how disappointing.  A little hint or two, Jesus?  Forget it!  Stop the guessing game.  Admit we don’t have a clue.  Any advice, Jesus?  What should we do in the meantime?

It’s simple.  Do your best.  Whatever you can… for Jesus.  A busy bee for the Kingdom.  Get off your duff–‘Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them food at the proper time?  Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes’ (Matt. 24:45-46).  See?

What else.  If it’s to call a friend, make contact.  Give to a missionary couple?  Donate.  Offer a helping hand to a neighbor?  Well, you get the point.  Following through is like banking in God’s Kingdom.

Save for later on, investing in what Jesus has in store for you and me.  Make whatever size deposit you can into your account with the First and Only Bank of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  All fully insured.  All forever.

Thank you, Lord, for what we can and will do for you.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

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