TEXT: Matthew 24:36-44
36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left..
42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
Keeping the House Till the Lord Comes, Part 3
William MacDonald said, “A servant manifests his true character by how he behaves in view of his Master’s return.”
Today, we are continuing our focus on maintaining a watchful disposition over the areas in which the Lord has made us stewards until His return. Nothing in our care truly belongs to us; not even our lives are our own. Everything that we have God has entrusted to us to keep and to use wisely until He comes again. Like the goodman in Jesus’ parable, we are to keep, to guard, to care for, to watch over the Lord’s house. In our last message, we talked about the importance of keeping watch over the house of our bodies. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit, and we keep watch over our individual houses by abstaining from sinful thoughts and actions.
Today, we are looking at the importance of keeping watch over the “house” of our families. So many families today are being infiltrated and influenced by the devil. So many families are being broken up because no one is on guard against the devil who, according to Jesus, also comes like a thief “to steal, kill, and destroy.” How many times have you watched the news after a young person has committed some terrible act, and all the parents can say is, “We didn’t know. We had no idea.” Why didn’t they know? It’s because they weren’t watching, they weren’t keeping the house, the family, that God had given them.
Joshua said, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” He had to be deliberate and diligent about that decision. He could not just make that statement and think the rest of family life would be as they say, set it and forget it. He had to watch over those under his authority. He had to keep his family safe from evil influences. Keeping the house of your family is a daily, hourly task that must be carried out with prayer and discipline.
Sean O’Connell uses the story of Noah and his family to illustrate the importance of watchfulness in our families. He says, “To ‘stay awake’ or to ‘be ready’ is more than the attitude of attentiveness. It is also the actions of attentiveness. We are to wait expectantly as we work expectantly. Jesus tells the story of Noah and the flood from the perspective of those who were judged — ‘the careless (or clueless).’ But if you see that story from Noah’s perspective, we know that Noah worked and worked and worked on that big boat.” Noah did not know when judgment was coming, but he knew he had to be obedient to God, and he had to lead his family in obedience to God. Because Noah watched and obeyed and led his family to watch and obey, when the evil day came suddenly, he and his family were saved.
The evil day is coming for you and your family. If you aren’t keeping the house — watching and praying and obeying — during what are seemingly the good times, your family will be shipwrecked. More consequently, if the Lord comes during your lifetime, you won’t be ready, and you will be found not watching, not waiting, not working for Him.
Now, if you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, I urge you to trust in Him because He is coming again and you do not want to be left behind. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and the consequences of sin.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.