In the days before Connecticut became a state, the colonial legislature was in session when a thick darkness blotted out the sunlight. The cry was heard, “It is the day of judgment! Let us go home and get ready!”

But one member of the legislature, an old church deacon, stood up and said, “Brethren, it may be the day of judgment —I do not know. The Lord may come. But when He does, I want Him to find me at my post, doing my duty up to the very last moment. Mr. Speaker, I move that candles be brought in and that we get on with the business of the colony.”

In Luke 19:11-27, Jesus told a parable of a nobleman who went into a far country. Before leaving, the man called 10 of his servants together, gave them each a coin worth about 3 months’ salary, and said, “Do business till I come.” Later he returned, and the servants had to give an account of what they had done with the money.

At His ascension (Lk. 24:49-53), Jesus also “went into a far country” (19:12), and He could return at any moment. But until He does, our duty as His servants is to make the best use of our talents and our opportunities to serve Him.

In view of our Savior’s promise to return, let’s keep at our post and “get on with the business!”