Lord I want to encounter You in such a way that I would be free from all fear and walk boldly for You in this world.
Read LUKE 12:35–48
 “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning,  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.  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.  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.  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.  You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”  Peter asked, “Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everyone?”  The Lord answered, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time?  It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns.  Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.  But suppose the servant says to himself, ‘My master is taking a long time in coming,’ and he then begins to beat the other servants, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk.  The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers.  “The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows.  But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
ReflectIn what way are we called to be ready?
It’s hard to imagine what is yet to come. For me, the “second coming” can feel like a mythical future event that surely won’t affect me. But Jesus will come again and we will not be expecting it (39,40). I would pray that none of us would ever be drunkenly beating our employees/colleagues/children (45), but what this example in Scripture highlights is the temptation to take for granted the responsibilities that God has given us, and to take control into our own foolish hands. And temptation it is. “I have time!” “I’ll go and visit my elderly neighbor tomorrow.” “I’ll volunteer next year.” “I’ll share the gospel with my co-workers later.” We do not know when our time on earth will be done, but instead of living in fear of that day, God wants us to live every day in the fullness of his promise, being good stewards of all he has given us (48). So what does it mean to be “dressed” for the return of Jesus (35)? The apostle Paul recommended putting on the armor of God (Eph. 6:14–18).
Read Ephesians 6:14–18 and pray that the Spirit will arm you with all that you need.
Lord of Glory, sober my heart and help me to live in light of what is coming.
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