On more than one occasion whenever I challenged someone’s thinking regarding current events as it portends to prophecy, their response was, we are told to “Occupy Until I Come”, from the Lord. There is no doubt about what He said, but there can be a bit of tweaking about what He meant, and it might not be what you think!
This prolific phrase, rather, an excuse to not do what it really means is taken from Luke’s parable, the 19th chapter, versus 11 through 27. I won’t quote the entire section, but suffice it say, I’ll post the actual verse here:
“And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, ‘Occupy till I come.’” Luke 19:13 (KJV)
What is noted in this particular parable, Christ is likening Himself to someone, the “master” who has given his servants something to do, primarily to invest and show a return when he returns. You know the story. Two who had the most returned the most and one who was given the smallest returned only what was given and received punishment. What does this mean in application to ourselves?
God has given each of us a gift, or talent, to be used in furtherance of His kingdom, not ours. This is very key: HIS KINGDOM, not ours. So, our gifts and talents should be used in creating additional interest toward His Kingdom, not ours. Our goal should be in forecasting, planning, scheming in some respects, but the most important thing is to have some results to show for our efforts. The results should be in our “witness” having been heard, replicated by at least one other joining in the Kingdom of God and not the kingdom of man. So, should our focus be on this present life, this present kingdom in which we live? Absolute not. Our focus should be on those who need to hear the message we bring for we bring, and none other, bring a message of the most dire consequences to those who do not heed the message, but if we are involved in the attempt to better this kingdom, make this kingdom more palatable, then we have truly missed the point of the purpose of “occupying until He comes”.
God sets up presidents and kings. This we cannot do. So why all the focus on them EXCEPT for what we can learn, and this is simply of the less time we have in order to do the work committed to us by the King of Kings? Too much time and effort is being spent on arguing the party-line of thinking, when our thinking should be about the greatest party to be had in being welcomed just inside those pearly gates. How many will be traveling to this party, with you? Our “occupying until He comes” is when all of our focus, all of our time is increasing those numbers by our direct effort producing results so when we’re asked by Christ to come before Him, notice the actual parable, Christ never asked the servants, but the servants already knew the expectation and answered according to their results. We, too, won’t be asked, by Him. We will simply have results, or not, and I pity those who do not!
January 23, 2017