Don't Waste the Wait
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The waiting season is really challenging because it never ends. Well, you know what I mean. It ends, but then usually we find ourselves waiting for something else. Maybe you signed a lease but now you have to wait to move in. Or you finally got a cutie patootie boyfriend but now you have to wait to get engaged. Maybe you FINALLY got into that school you dreamed of but now you have to wait to graduate. Our lives are literally LIVED in the waiting. It is really tempting for me, and maybe for you, to discount the waiting season. I have the tendency to search for deadlines and write out goals so I have “something to look forward to” rather than just enjoying the present. Now, don’t get me wrong, ain’t nothing wrong with goals. Having a general direction is something I am a huge fan of, but I am learning that I need to be an even bigger fan of the wait.
I have spent quite a bit of time thinking about what we do in the wait. How do we wait, do we wait well? What we do in the wait speaks to our character. It speaks to our faith. It speaks to our patience. In Luke 12, Jesus tells a parable about a master and servant. (Get your bible out!) He talks about the importance of the servant staying ready because they never know when the master will come home. He is, on a broad scale, referring to the return of Jesus and how we shouldn’t be caught in unholy shenanigans when God comes back to get us. But this parable also matters here and now, before Jesus returns.
He says in vs 45 that if the servant picks up on the fact that the master is delayed in returning home and begins to beat and mistreat the servants and eat and drink and get drunk, the master will end up coming when he least expects it and cut him up into pieces and put him with the unfaithful. Well, that escalated quickly.
At first glance, I didn’t see why the punishment would be SO harsh. But after meditating on that verse, I quickly realized that the reason the master would be so upset with the servant is because the servant’s character was flawed. Now that he knew who his servant REALLY was based on his behavior when he was gone, how could he in good faith keep him around now?
Who you are in the wait or in the delay speaks loudly about who you will be in the fulfillment. Jesus is warning us in this verse to WAIT WELL. We think we can get away with things because nobody is around to see it or correct us. But the fact of the matter is, it is still IN US – whether people see it or not.
Do not underestimate what your actions in the wait are saying about your character. Do not take this season lightly, my friend. It matters.
Verse 48 goes on to say to whom much is given much will be required. Maybe in your situation, nobody would judge you if you didn’t meet “the standard”. Maybe nobody would bat an eye or even notice the transgressions you are making. But we don’t live for people, we live for God. And He has called us and equipped us through His grace to rise above the temptation to stray in the wait. When we know, or even have an inkling of what the will of God might be in our lives, we must act in accordance with that. Because it matters. Think about those servants in that story. There are people who are impacted by your disobedience. Think about the consequences. What started off as a harmless text or a playful jab could grow into much more (a little yeast works through the whole dough). And what about us? Don’t we want people around us to have the character for the positions they hold? Shouldn’t we have good character as well?
The wait will test you, my friend. It will test you and stretch you and push you. And it will also reveal you. If you are reading this, and you feel as convicted as I did writing it, confess, repent and receive your grace. If you are reading this and aren’t sure how you feel, ask God to reveal your character to you and be open-minded to what you hear. Let us be a people who don’t just wait but wait well.
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