What’s in you diary today?
Luke 12: 35-40 ““Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, 36 like servants 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. Truly I tell you, 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 middle of the night or toward daybreak. 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.”
On my Facebook newsfeed this morning I woke to a headline: FILM DISTRIBUTOR DROPS JOSH HARRIS DOCUMENTARY AFTER AUTHOR ANNOUNCES HE’S NO LONGER A CHRISTIAN.
The article goes on to explain how Josh Harris who had written a book in 1997 called ‘I Kissed Dating Goodbye’ had been working with Exploration Films on a documentary based on the book but had not disclosed his battle with the faith. On Instagram he wrote, “By all the measurements that I have for defining a Christian, I am not a Christian.”
Josh Harris no longer dressed ready for service and whose lamps are no longer burning.
Today the whole world will do the same thing, we will get dressed and get ready for whatever today holds.
We understand this process.
Having told them not to worry about things Jesus is running ahead of his thoughts and is not only thinking of when he leaves them but when he comes back. He wanted them to be ready for His return. He doesn’t want anyone to fall away.
It will be good if we have not fallen away when Jesus comes back (v37). If we are waiting for Him and He comes to a brightly lit house it will show Him that not only are we desiring Him but we are living for Him, we are indeed seeking His kingdom as He asked us to do.
How much do you long to see Jesus?
Why will it be good for us if we are ready when Jesus come back?
In a most unusual twist to the scenario, the master of the house becomes the servant.
Can you imagine your boss arriving into the office today and says “Listen, I would like to do your emails today. I would like to answer your phone calls. Don’t do my diary, let me help you with your diary. Can I make you a cup of tea?” Now who would like their Boss to do that today?!
The master dresses down, gets ready to serve to wait on them as he makes sure they sit around the table relaxing.
Whatever this is actually going to be. It may well be the best feast we have ever had. It will certainly be a table-turner. When Jesus comes back he will turn everything upside down. Remarkably He will honour us.
However, we will never know when this is, we just need to be ready/
So along with how much do I long to see Jesus, the questions also is, am I ready to meet Him?
Perhaps we think there is a greater chance of us dying and then meeting Him than meeting Him when we are still alive. If that is true then we need to be more ready. For it could certainly happen, even today. Jesus will return when we least expect it and for many of us we are not expecting it today, we actually don’t have any room for the return of Christ in our diary today!