Intro: The times in which we live are disconcerting; there are so many things happening in the world for which we must pray. Deception, corruption, violence…yes, evil is busy at work in the hearts of those who live only for this world [lost spiritually]. Believers and people of faith see and know what is going on, yet we are not really surprised at the present level of darkness. As much as I pray and want God to move in mighty ways to bring salvation to this world, I know Scripture reminds us that this world will never be built on truth, integrity, or peace until Jesus is our governing Ruler. All that being said, we must never forget Christ’s promise, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. (John 14:1-3).
Are you watching for the return of Christ? In our Bible Study last night, we were sharing about being prepared for Christ’s return, because He tells us He will come unexpectedly and suddenly like a thief in the night. Unfortunately, many people tend to think Christ’s return is far off in the future; after all, people have been talking about His return and expecting Him a long time. Be careful with that kind of thinking, because if you are lulled into indifference, you will not be living ready when the Lord returns.
In our passage today, Jesus tells his disciples to be waiting and ready: 1) to live as sincere people of integrity; 2) to walk by faith being led by the Spirit; 3) to trust God in all things; 4) to delight in being generous to others; and 5) to be diligent and hardworking as we serve, because we know we are working for God! As we live this way, we will be filled with joy when we see our Savior. Be ready all the time!
Luke 12:35-40 NLT Be Ready for the Lord’s Coming
35 “Be dressed for service and keep your lamps burning, 36 as though you were waiting for your master to return from the wedding feast. Then you will be ready to open the door and let him in the moment he arrives and knocks. 37 The servants who are ready and waiting for his return will be rewarded. I tell you the truth, he himself will seat them, put on an apron, and serve them as they sit and eat! 38 He may come in the middle of the night or just before dawn. But whenever he comes, he will reward the servants who are ready.
39 “Understand this: If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would not permit his house to be broken into. 40 You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for the Word of Truth that keeps our lamps burning. We believe You are coming to get Your loved ones. So, we are going to do the things You teach that will keep us ready. In Jesus’ name. Amen.