God of Truth, I live in a world overcome by lies. Today, may my words be disciplined by Your Word.
Read Luke 12:35-48
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
“And Jesus, I have promised / to serve Thee to the end; / O give me grace to follow / my Master and my Friend” (John Ernest Bode, 1816-74).
While worry is to be addressed and dealt with, watchfulness is to be cultivated. Children tell parents in advance that their birthday is coming, and parents tell children likewise about exams. While these are definite dates, for some events we just have to be prepared. We do not do so by being anxious but by being faithful, so that we are always ready.
Jewish wedding feasts do not run to a strict timetable but, once begun, they conclude with the groom bringing his bride home. Preparations have to be made, requiring willingness to work and wise use of time. Such care will be more than rewarded. Today, time is the new currency, and we need to invest it well.
The delay in Christ’s return reflects not fickleness but mercy, allowing time for us to get ready. God does what he says, but on his timetable, not ours. Yet what a reward awaits those who are ready when he comes! Perhaps it shouldn’t surprise us that his first act is to serve the needs of his faithful servants. After all, he came to serve and he did wash dirty feet. Talk about undeserved grace! Sadly, for those unprepared, the shock will be like discovering a thief has broken in. Suddenly life is turned upside down, and the overwhelming feeling is one of loss. If only…but it is too late…except that it is not. This is a warning that needs to be acted on, now! Don’t drift into disaster; be decisive in your preparations and diligent in maintaining them. The choice is yours–joy or grief; it is not a difficult choice to make, but it must be made.
The faithful need not fear the unexpected. Pray for a consistent Christian life and ponder how you will stay “ready.”
Father, You are the beginning and the end. I don’t request more time but a relationship with You at all times, so that I might be ready for Your time.
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