Saturday 16 November, 2019
35 “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, 36 like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. 37 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. 38 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak. 39 But understand 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, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”
Be ready! That’s the message of this passage. Even though the time and day are uncertain, the one certainty is that the Master will return. Jesus will return.
The challenge is of course are we ready, am I ready, are you ready for the return of Jesus? Are there things in your life or heart that shouldn’t be? Something or someone, a situation we’re hanging onto & shouldn’t. I remember as a very young Christian the day when I said to Jesus, “Ok you can come back now”. I had finally surrendered all my heart to Him & turned away from a situation that I knew wasn’t acceptable to Him but I’d been hanging onto.
Today I wonder, am I still ready? Have I gotten caught up in things of this world and taken my gaze away from the certainty of the next? Am I like the Psalmist who says, “… I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, …”? (Psalm 63:1) … I think perhaps I need to re-focus.
Lord Jesus, thank you for your promise to return & your grace in not yet. Thank you that your Word doesn’t leave us wondering. I need to re-focus my eyes to you and be ready, whether in my life-time or not, you will return. Amen
Written by Suzie Hodgson
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