HOST: Ron House
“Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, 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. 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. If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants! 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. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for all?”
Be ready! That is the message of Jesus’ words in this passage. To “let your waist be girded and your lamps burning” is simply another way of saying, “Be dressed and ready to go.” Jesus is speaking here of that day and time when He will return to claim those who are His and to judge the world in righteousness. That day is surely coming, but the time of it is unknown. Jesus says that it will come as a thief in the night. It can be easy, even as faithful Christians, to get caught up in the daily routines of life and forget that we are constantly moving ever closer to eternity, without the promise of even another day. To remain watchful and prepared for Christ’s return is a great challenge for us, but to be found unprepared would certainly be the greatest disappointment imaginable. Therefore, Jesus often gives these powerful exhortations to be prepared for His return. Are you ready?
Why is it so important that we be constantly prepared?
Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!