Expectancy

Luke 12:35–40 (NKJV)

35 “Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning; 36 and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately. 37 Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them. 38 And if he should come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. 39 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 40 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

Luke 12:35-40

Readiness. Jesus admonishes His followers here to be ready at any time for His return. They may not yet realize of what He speaks, but He is preparing them for a day when He will no longer be with them, but yet His return is imminent. He compares it to servants of their master who know the night in which He will return, but not the exact time. They are to wait for him with anticipation, lamps burning, so that they can receive him upon his eventual arrival. If they are watching, they will be blessed at his return.

He then shifts the analogy to a master who is prepared for a robbery because he knew the thief was coming. While that is not likely, Jesus admonishes His disciples to be ready anyway, even without the knowledge of the exact time their Master will return. Christians be ready, for Jesus is coming! When is He coming? We do not know, but we must be ready. Do not get lost in the mundane happenings of every day. Do not fade off into the hustle and bustle of career, leisure, or habit. Instead, live each day in a righteous, zealous expectancy of His return. He is coming for those who look for Him. Be expectant!

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