Luke 12:35–48 (ESV)
You Must Be Ready
“Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, 36 and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks. 37 Blessed are those servants whom
the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them. 38 If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants!
39 But know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into. 40 You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
41 Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for all?” 42 And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their
portion of food at the proper time? 43 Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. 44 Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. 45 But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’
and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and get drunk, 46 the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and put him with the unfaithful. 47
And that servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating. 48 But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given,
of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.
My wife and I are two different people in that when we come home, she immediately takes her
shoes off and gets comfortable while I will still be wearing my shoes at midnight when I’m ready to go to bed. I’m usually always ready to go at a moment’s notice while she will have to change clothes and put her shoes on. But
this is not what the parable is about. It is not about staying awake 24 hours a day and ready to go. It is about being ready for Christ’s return, to be living in Christ until he comes. We don’t know when he will come, but we need
to remain faithful in our everyday life. Those who have wandered away from the faith will be caught off guard when Christ returns. Remain faithful, study God’s Word, worship and praise him, and try to walk according to His ways. We
are not saved by how good we are, but by His grace and mercy through the faith He gave us.
I pray: O Lord, help me to be ready
at all times, even when I’m asleep, help me to trust in the faith you have given me and your grace and mercy, through your perfect life and death on the cross for the forgiveness of my sins. Help me to never wander from the faith. Amen.