Active or Passive?

Saturday December 7th, Matthew 24: 42 "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. There are two different kinds of waiting, active waiting and passive waiting. Passive waiting is the kind where you know the thief or the end times are on their way and so you stockpile your food, get yourself set, and wait. Active waiting can best be expressed by Luther’s statement that if the world were to end tomorrow, he would plant a tree and be about the business God put him on earth to do. There are many sad examples throughout history of passive waiting and I am sure many of you can name someone who did just such a thing, especially in Alaska. There are also some shining examples of the active waiting, we usually call them saints.


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