By Samuel F. Hurnard
Every year now makes our relation to the Lord's coming a matter of more vital and urgent importance. Questions are being settled now which shall determine, not so much our salvation, but our position in the coming age, our reward or loss.
Some are going "to reign in life" (Rom. 5:17); some will be "ashamed before Him at His coming (1 John 2:28). Some will receive the victor's crown; some will see their works burnt up, like wood, hay and stubble (1 Cor. 3:11-15).
In Matthew 24 and 25, after describing the signs and conditions preliminary to His coming in judgment, our Lord, in verse 42, turns to warn His own servants. "Watch therefore," introduces the parables of the householder and thief, the faithful and evil servants, and the wise and foolish virgins. It concludes in verse 13 with a reiterated "Watch therefore."
At any time we who are His servants may be summoned to render account. The sleepy Church of Sardis (Revelation 3:3-6) is urged to watchfulness and repentance. "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches."