Be Ready-Luke 12:35-40

Luke 12:35-40  “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, 36 like men 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. 37 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. 38 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night. 39 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. 40 You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”

Luca 12:35-40 «I vostri fianchi siano cinti e le vostre lampade accese; 36 siate simili a quelli che aspettano il loro padrone quando torna dalle nozze, per aprirgli appena giungerà e busserà. 37 Beati quei servi che il padrone, arrivando, troverà vigilanti! In verità io vi dico che egli si rimboccherà le vesti, li farà mettere a tavola e passerà a servirli. 38 Se giungerà alla seconda o alla terza vigilia e li troverà così, beati loro! 39 Sappiate questo, che se il padrone di casa conoscesse a che ora verrà il ladro, non si lascerebbe scassinare la casa. 40 Anche voi siate pronti, perché il Figlio dell’uomo verrà nell’ora che non pensate».

Jesus is giving a series of parables on keeping the priorities of your life in order. In this one, the priority of watching when the Lord comes is the central message. The reason focuses its attention on the fact that the Lord will come when you don’t expect it. The scene is the servant’s quarters where they are waiting for their master to return from a wedding feast. When he returned, it would normally be the time for the servants to be ready for work. But we are told that the master returns with a different purpose: to serve them when he arrives. The master doesn’t serve the servants, but this parable draws a different parallel. It is a picture of Jesus, the suffering servant. Both Matthew 20:28 and Mark 10:45 proclaim that Jesus came to be a servant for all. A few days before the passion, Jesus washed the feet of the disciples to give further testimony of His mission. For those not focused on the return of their master, they will be punished severely.

The second example supports the message of the first: one must be ready. There were four watches in the night beginning at 6 pm and ending at 6 am and each consisted of 3 hours each. Thieves enter a house when the tenants are not expecting an intrusion. A vigilant owner can’t know when the robbery might occur so he must be ready at all times. If a man would take such care of his house, how much more should we take care of our priorities! The Lord will return unexpectedly. Are you currently living in a state of expectation?

Pray with me: Lord, this parable paints many messages about You and what You want from my life. Help me to prioritize my life so that whatever I am doing, I will always be watching and ready for Your return.

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