Sometimes we are challenged by the Lord and we do not realize He is testing our “readiness.” My blog yesterday runs right into the subject I will address here. Whether we look at military or medical “readiness,” those in command of these operations will often perform a “readiness test” to see if those responsible for maintaining equipment, supplies and practice runs have been doing what they should so when the commander gives orders for action, all systems are ready.
Jesus talks about another kind of readiness and draws an illustration from the Master of a house, and a thief who wants to break in and steal. “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 At all nd serve them. If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants!” (Luke 12:37–38).
He follows this with saying, “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” (12:39). The point is that the servant and master are ready at all times and under all conditions.
As I listen to some ministry leaders and some who like to predict when the Lord is coming back based on “signs” they think are in the present crisis, I am deeply concerned that we not get distracted from our duty – preach the gospel and make disciples (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8).
Jesus made it very clear; “You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Luke 12:40). Anything less than being ready is not being faithful!
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