[The apostles] were looking intently up into the sky as [Jesus] was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
Get to Work
“Quit standing around!” We have all heard those words shouted at one time or another. Maybe it was the foreman at work who thought we were taking a longer break than necessary. Maybe it was the football coach who thought the water break had gone on long enough. Or maybe it was a friend who asked for help with a job and he was in a hurry. In any case, we have all heard the shouted encouragement: “Quit standing around!”
In a similar way, the angels asked the disciples: “Men of Galilee, why do you stand here looking into the sky?” In other words: ‘Quit standing around. You have work to do!’ Now to be sure, Jesus completed all the hard work of earning our salvation. Through his life, death and resurrection, Jesus completed all the work required to save us from sin. Further, he ascended back into heaven to do the work of preparing a place for us and ruling over all things in this world for our benefit. We are truly blessed with a Savior who does so much for us!
But this loving Savior also has seen fit to call us into his kingdom to serve and work for him. The angels’ question reminded the disciples that they had some important work to do and that now was not the time to stand around staring at the sky. They were to focus on serving in Jesus’ kingdom, knowing that one day Jesus would come back to take them to be with him in heaven. In the meantime, they were to get to work!
This provides a good opportunity for us as well to examine our lives of faith. Are we often focused on serving in Christ’s kingdom? Or not so much? What occupies our time? Could it be that we spend too much time on Netflix or Facebook and not enough time in God’s Word? Could it be that we spend most of the time with our friend in small-talk and never get to the part where we talk about Jesus? Have we wasted so much time and money and energy on frivolous things when some of that could have been directed toward God and his kingdom? Are our lives filled with too much leisure and sports and not enough Jesus?
Our risen and ascended Savior Jesus has made sure that all of our sins are paid for and forgiven. He has seen to it that we have a home in heaven waiting for us. He promises to be with us as we serve him here. Moved by his love and excited for his return, let’s heed the angels’ encouragement. Let’s get to work!
Dear Jesus, thank you for completing the work of earning my salvation. Thank you for the forgiveness of sins and eternal life that you have given to me. As I eagerly await your return, fill me with a loving desire to get to work for you. Bless my service in your kingdom. Amen.
Source: WELS Devotions