In the book of Luke, there is an interesting passage of Scripture telling us about a master who went away and what he expected of his servants in his absence.
He [Jesus] said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. (Luke 19:12-13).
“Occupy” is a word we use a little differently today from the way it was used in the English of King James. It meant “to do business,” specifically, the master’s business. We are living here today to do His business until He comes back. His business is that of making sure everyone who will prepare to meet Him has the opportunity to do so.
We have a vocation and an occupation. Our vocation puts food on the table — our occupation brings souls to Jesus. Just as it is our primary responsibility to be certain of our preparation for His coming — it is also our responsibility to take the good news of salvation to those who are yet unsaved.
The message of salvation must go around the world; the saved are the servants with the commission to take it. That is what we are to do while we are looking for the Lord’s soon return.
Charles Spurgeon wrote,
“I think I may say to every person whom I am addressing, if you are yourself saved, the work is but half done until you are employed to bring others to Christ. You are as yet but half formed in the image of your Lord. You have not attained to the full development of the Christ-life in you unless you have commenced in some feeble way to tell others of the grace of God; and I trust that you will find no rest to the sole of your foot till you have been the means of leading many to that blessed Saviour who is your confidence and your hope.
“Let us ask Him to give us grace to go a-fishing, and so to cast our nets that we may take a great multitude of fishes. Oh, that the Holy Ghost may raise up from among us some master-fishers, who shall sail their boats in many a sea, and surround great shoals of fish!”
(Charles Spurgeon, Instruction In Soul Winning, London, England: Passmore & Alabaster, 1903)
While the Master is away and is occupied with preparing a place for us, we ought to be occupied with His business down here — that of carrying out the Great Commission — and looking ahead for His blessed return.