Always faithful

The motto of the U.S. Marines is “Semper Fidelis.” It means “Always Faithful.”

Our son, in the Marine Corps for six years, knew what this meant. He told us a Marine is always a Marine, and a Marine is always ready to serve.

Jesus knew the kind of servants he needed. The Lord wanted servants who were ready to do his work. He told his disciples, “Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning: and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, that when he will return from the wedding and knocks they may open to him immediately” (Luke 12:35-36a NKJV).

Weddings in Jesus’ day were different. The groom left his home for the bride’s home and then escorted her to his parent’s home for the wedding feast. No one knew when the groom would leave. He could leave in a day, two days or two weeks. His friends and the virgins escorting the party had to be ready (Matthew 25:1-13).

Jesus said, “Therefore, you also be ready, for the son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Luke 12:40 NKJV).

Many people have tried to give a specific date for the Lord’s return. They have all been unsuccessful. Jesus said no one knows the date except his father (Matthew 24:36). Jesus described his return as a “thief in the night,” and if a man knew when the thief was coming to rob him, he would take measures to prevent the theft (Luke 12:39).

God’s people are always faithful, always working and always ready. There is more to salvation than just “getting saved.” Semper fidelis! Live for Jesus!

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John Henson

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, John Henson has been a husband for 43 years and a preacher for a little more than half that. He currently serves as the preacher for the Dibrell Church of Christ in McMinnville, Tennessee..

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