DO BUSINESS ’till I COME

WHAT SORT OF BUSINESS?

Please allow me to take you on a short word study to arrive at my intended destination. I believe it will bless you.

In Luke 19:13b Jesus is teaching the crowd that had been following Him for some time. He was traveling to Jerusalem. It was just a few days before His Triumphal Entry into the city, subsequent betrayal, and crucifixion.

The crowd thought the Kingdom of God was going to appear immediately. (vs. 11) In response to this belief, Jesus told a parable that revealed He was going away to a far country; that He was going to call and equip ten of His servants to take care of His business while He was away; and that He would evaluate their performance when He returned. He then told them: “Occupy ’till I come.” (KJV) This phrase is well known by many Christians, and they equate it to doing the work of spreading the Gospel throughout the earth. Their understanding is not incorrect. However, the word “occupy” can be confusing.

The literal meaning of the root Greek word in this passage is “busy yourself (with),” and has been translated “do business” in modern translations of this passage.

PICKING UP WITH THE STORY

In just a few days from the event of the passage above, Jesus would be with His twelve disciples (who would become His apostles) in the upper room for the Passover meal. After the supper, He revealed to them that He was going away, but that He would also come back for them. (John 14:1-3)

In John 20:21b Jesus said to His disciples, “As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”

In Luke 19:9 Jesus had said, “…the Son of man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

In Luke 2:49 He said to His parents, “Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”

Just before His ascension, He told them what kind of business He was commissioning them to do. He had taught them and equipped them for this enormous job. It was upon their shoulders that the responsibility of continuing the reason for His entrance into this world would fall. It would be up to them to take care of His business while He was away. “Go”, He said. “into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15) And, “…make disciples of all the nations…” (Matthew 28:19a)

NOW IT’S UP TO US

As of the time of this writing, Jesus has not come back yet. Oh, rest assured, He will. No doubt. At the Father’s appointed time. But until then…it is up to each generation to continue doing His business in the earth. And especially those of us whom He has called into full time missions ministry. In the parable, Jesus did not call all His servants. He called only ten for this particular work.

And, He is looking for and calling more of us into full time missions ministry. He needs more of us working His harvest fields. I believe many are hearing the call and are answering, “I will go.”

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