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Crumb: That which we brush from our table, many of which fall on the floor as we enjoy our scrumptious meals. The word can be used in many other ways. We watch a program on television and when it is over, we decide it was crummy! Why did I waste my time on that? Crumbs are a common lot. Yes, we have used this word before. As I sit at the breakfast table and look at the results of my breakfast, I am rereminded of the word. The biblical reminder comes forth with a resounding clang. Our liturgy and the Bible remind us that we are “not worthy so much as to gather the crumbs under thy table, O merciful Lord.” But the powerful reminder also is forthcoming: “But in Thy manifold and great mercies...” God has opened the Way, nothing stands obstructing the pathway between you and me and Himself! (Between you and me, between us and God)

The scripture chosen is from Matthew 24:45-51. The text is verse 45. “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time?” (RSV) Who then is the faithful and wise servant to whom God has given specific directions…  Who then is the one the Lord has called to be faithful, just, righteous, trusting, to live in harmony with the total of creation? Is it you?

         Blessed are those servants when the Master sees them carrying out their assigned tasks. What greater satisfaction is there then the feeling of doing the will of our Heavenly Father! Our prayer is for each of us to live so close to Jesus. The righteous servant says to himself, “I must do everything in my power to please the Master. I will search for the extra I can offer.” When the day comes for the reckoning, he will hear, “Well done thou good and faithful servant. Enter the kingdom prepared for you.”

         Jesus has just been teaching about the endtime. The bottom line, the last word is simply, be ready. Live your life like today is the last day.  We don’t think much about it because we do not like to think about it. It is not something to dwell upon. It is something we do something about. Living the righteous, Christ centered life, doing the best we can to follow the teachings of Jesus will produce what Jesus wants!

Written by Pastor Tommy Markham
Pastor Tommy

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