Reading: Luke 12:35-40
“Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.”
In the previous passages the Lord was teaching us not to cling to the passing of this world, but rather store up our treasure in Heaven. The passage that we are reading today is closely related to those same ideas.
How do disciples of Jesus live? Preparing for His return.
The way in which we think and feel about the Return of our Lord is an indication of where our eyes and hearts are placed.
There are different attitudes toward the Lord’s promise.
Sometimes we can be careless and negligent. If each and every one of the promises of the Bible have been fulfilled, why do we look at this as something not so real or certainly distant? Again and again the Lord warns us to keep watch with vigilance, because we do not know when He will return.
The phrase that we often hear, “The Lord can return in 10 minutes,” is more than a set phrase, it is a reality that the Scriptures strongly affirm. We must be ready.
What does it mean to be ready? How do we want the Lord to find us when He returns?
When He returns, those who are His will be characterized as desiring and praying for His return, sharing the Gospel with those who do not know Him, battling with their sin, growing in holiness, and learning each day the thousand and one ways that God glorifies Himself in our lives…
MEDITATE: This trip will be final; you won’t need luggage. He already prepared everything. Be ready when He comes!
Translation By: Emily Stader