What to do while I wait?

What to do while I wait?

Passage: Luke 12:35-48
Service Type:

Intro: A Canadian, a German and a China man are stranded on a deserted island. The Canadian tells the others that he will be in charge of food. American volunteers to be in charge of water and the Chinese man says he will be in charge of supplies. They split up to do their jobs and decide to meet up later. When the Canadian and the American return, there is no sign of the Chinese man. Days pass by, but they still can't find their friend. One day as they are walking along a path, the Chinese man jumps from the bushes and yells "SUPPLIES!"

The element of surprise…

Luke 12:35-40

The Command:

Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning

Why then how?


because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

1. God’s timing can’t be known.

Why doesn’t he tell them when he’s coming back?

1) it’s a test of loyalty 

2) they will do better.

Example: When will the health inspector come and check on the kitchen? 

The “not knowing” means the kitchen has to be kept clean all the time. 

We know he’s coming, just don’t know when. 

Predicting Jesus’ return is futile. 

The Bible says right here it can’t be done. (an hour when you do not expect him)

When are the “end times” ?

Is that happening now? Will it be soon?

These are our end times. 

2. Leave the unknown to the All-Knowing.

What’s the difference if Jesus comes back or I am killed in a wreck today?

But until then, I am alive

3. The wise wait and watch for God.

keep your lamps burning that’s the waiting part.

Example: If you’re like me, waiting sounds boring. 

Waiting on God is hardly passive.

Do what you can, instead of what you can’t. 

Serenity prayer:

“God, grant me the serenity 

to accept the things I cannot change, 

the courage to change the things I can, 

and the wisdom to know the difference.”

What is your posture of waiting?

How do we grow in patience?

Patience - the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset

Jesus says to be ready. We know why, but…


Luke 12:41-44

Peter - “Maybe this is not for me.” (of course Peter was with Jesus at the time)

We can tend to be lazy, thinking it will be easier.

Is it good for the lazy person to be lazy?

4. The wise watch out for others.

“It will be good for that servant…”

Victor Frankl - Man’s Search For Meaning

“…man’s main concern is not to seek pleasure or avoid pain but rather to see a meaning in his life.”

Are you wanting time to move fast or slow?

(i can’t wait until 5pm, or… I wish I had more time)

Do you see your work to be worthwhile?

5. To serve others is to serve oneself.

What is your posture of waiting?

Patience - the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset

How not to get angry, tired, frustrated, etc. 

Waiting is a verb.

Jesus’ command is to be ready for his return …while serving the others.

Consider how you pass time waiting. (eyes on others)

The payoff is now (a meaningful life) and then (an unknown reward).

Luke 12:45-46


You might be tired of being faithful:

tired of forgiving, tired of serving, tired of giving Tired of waiting sexually, of trying to quit drinking, of being obedient…

…the evil seem to inherit the world sometimes.

“Does this really matter? 

Will this really amount to anything?

It’s about time I get mine!”

Galatians 6:9

This applies to godly actions of all kinds. “Doing good.”

Luke 12:35-48

God knows what we have been given.

It’s written right here so we know he knows.

"Slow down the cop hides behind this sign"

“Rescue those being led away to death;

    hold back those staggering toward slaughter.

If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,”

    does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?

Proverbs 24:11

There is a good side to God knowing what people know: 

God knows the good you do that no one sees and will reward each person fairly. 

6. The reward is worth it!

The command and now… the promise:

37 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them… 

44 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.

The reward comes now (meaningful life) and later (in charge of God’s possessions). 

1 Corinthians 2:9

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