35 “Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; 36 be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. 37 Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. 38 If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves. 39 “But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. 40 You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.”
What a warning , . . .what an encouragement to spur us on in our faith, to not be idle, but to keep our “lamps burning”. I love the use of the word “lamps”, and how this can equate to our lives, and what we emit. Lamps give off light, but they also need fuel. “Thy Word, is a lamp unto my feet” (Ps119:105) is a powerful reminder that the fuel for our lives, is His Word. When He comes again, we will all be wanting our lamps to be burning brightly.
I am then taken back by the humbling verse that describes if our lamps are burning, He will dress to serve us, that we can then recline at the table! Wow! The King of Kings, the Creator, the Saviour, will serve us!?!
Lord, help me to always have my lamp burning brightly, not smouldering, not gasping for oxygen to burn, but to be strong and boldly bright. I want to be ready for when You return, that you may be truly glorified in my life. Amen.
Written by Steve Fell