by Bridget Sileo
“Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of his household, to give the others food at their proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.” Matthew 24:45-46
Waiting for the snowplow is like waiting for the return of Christ. Sitting and watching for a plow to come through is totally unproductive.
Should we be aware that the plow is coming? Yes.
Should we be ready for it? Of course.
Should we sit on our rear ends and stare at the street until it comes? No way. We should do now what God has equipped us to do. We need to shovel our own driveways, help our neighbors shovel theirs, and clear off our cars because eventually we will see that plow coming down the street, and we want ourselves and our neighbors to be ready for it.
Why is the plow taking so long to come> There is a predetermined way the plow needs to operate in order to make sure all the roads are cleared properly. If it goes rogue and departs from that plan, everyone may not have an opportunity to get out. The plow may be operating behind the scenes, refilling the truck, or doing vehicle maintenance. There are things going on behind the scenes of which we are not aware, but that doesn’t mean the plow isn’t coming.
We should be ready for the return of Christ, but while we are still here on earth, we need to make the most of every opportunity to remove the sin from our lives and help our neighbors do the same. Does that mean we simply point out their sin to them? It wouldn’t be helpful for us to walk into our neighbor’s driveway and say, “Wow, you have a lot of snow here. This is going to take a long time to clear,” and then walk away. We need to be willing to stay outside in the cold with our neighbors and help them shovel. Then they can see the love of Christ through us.
Don’t sit and wait for the plow to come. Get up and start shoveling.