Luke 12:35-40 (NKJV)
The Faithful Servant and the Evil Servant
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.”
In Biblical times, men and women typically wore long robes throughout the day. This made the duties of servants rather difficult to complete at times. To help with this, servants would often keep their robes tucked into the belts around their waist. This is where the phrase, “let your waist be girded” originated. This phrase was common in those days. It is referring to how servants should remain dressed and ready to serve their masters at all times.
Even if the master was away for a while, the servants were to remain totally FOCUSED on their master. They were to always remember that they were indeed the servant. Even while the master was away they continued to be the servant, their role did not change! They were never to consider themselves to be an off duty servant or worse yet a stand-in master. It was their continuous job to take care of their TRUE master’s business while he traveled and to stay girded and ready for when he returned!
Connection to Us
As Christians, we are to consider ourselves to be God’s servants. We are to have a servant’s heart; not only toward our fellow man but also toward our Lord.
Our focus verses for today are referring to this. Our verses are reminding us of the importance of maintaining a servant’s heart and mind-set toward our Lord and Savior (our MASTER) at all times. We must be always ready to both RECEIVE God’s love and direction - and then GIVE God’s love wherever and however he directs us.
Like the servant in our focus verses, we too need to be “girded and ready” at all times to serve our master. But how can we do this?
As we reflect upon our verses, we will find that the phrase, “girded and ready”is referring more symbolically towards our hearts and minds rather than literally towards our clothing and appearance.
Just as servants in Biblical times needed to keep their robes in “ready position,” we to need to also keep our hearts and minds in “ready position.”
To do this we must be ever aware of the needs around us and stay tuned-in to Christ each and every day!
One way to help us do this is for us to frequently ask our Savior how we can SERVE Him.
To be girded and ready means to be ALWAYS open and listening for our master’s voice. It means to continuously remember our intended position - we are the servant and God is our master! We are to FIRST focus our hearts on HIM and HIS plans. THEN we should strive to keep HIS HOUSE in order. Our goal is to stand PREPARED and READY - excited and anticipating our master’s return!
At Bible Stories from the Heart we believe that EVERY word in the Bible was dictated by GOD himself. Because of this we intentionally spend time each week studying key words from our focus verse. Our goal is to go DEEPER into God’s Word. We want to FEEL HIS LOVE for us in each and every beautiful word of scripture!
We strive to do this through word study reflection activities.
As you continue in this lesson you will see a reflection activity for you to complete. With this activity, we encourage you to read the entire weekly focus verses again. As you re-read the verses, concentrate as deeply as you can on the key words for this activity.
Seek to make personal connections and write them down. Pray to your Heavenly Father to reveal new truths to you. You will be amazed what God will show you through this easy activity. Repeat this activity several times over this coming week.
Luke 12: 40
Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
Be- γίνομαι- ginomai: to cause to be.
Be- (verb) cause to occur
Ready- ἕτοιμος- hetoimos: ready, prepared
Ready- (adjective) in a suitable state for an activity, action, or situation; fully prepare
The words “be ready” are very important. They go together to describe how we should strive to exist on a daily basis. We do not need to overlook these vital words. Remember, they were specifically given to us by our Lord and master: Our Heavenly Father.
In this verse God is giving us direct instructions on how to live. Consider this fact: to “be ready” requires action on our part. Reflect and pray over those words for a few minutes.
Ask God to speak to specific areas of your life that may need help becoming ready.
What is God revealing to you?
What are some actions that you can take today to prepare for your master’s return? Are there some areas of your master’s house (your heart) that need cleaning? Do you need to restock some needed supplies and housewares to get your master’s house (your heart) in tip top shape? Do you need a fresh supply of love, forgiveness, patience? Are there possessions that you need to stop obsessing over or fretting about? In other words, do you need to “declutter” your mind from love of “things” to open up more space for love of God?
Take the next few minutes to draw an outline of a house (to represent your heart) inside your house write down any specific areas of readiness that God reveals to you. For example, if God reveals that you need to be girded by being more open to Him - draw a welcome mat inside your door and write a message asking God to help you OPEN your heart.
If you feel that you need to spend more time reading God’s Word - draw an image inside your house which represents that. Ask God to help you free your mind of any distractions or worldly pulls that would lead you away from daily Bible reading. You may want to even draw a trashcan and place drawings of any distractions that God reveals to you inside the trashcan.
If you need to spend more time in prayer - draw a picture to represent that. Sketch a representation of you “praying.” Add this sketch many places inside your house. Beside EVERY sketch of you praying, draw a picture to represent God’s presence- this can be a cross, a heart, a throne, God’s mighty hand reaching out to you, etc. This will be a good reminder that God is RIGHT beside you at all times. HE IS ALWAYS ENGAGED and ALWAYS LISTENING! Keep this visual with you throughout this week and all throughout this study.
Any time God reveals a new area of readiness to you - add it to your picture and PRAY over it. We want to intentionally do our part to be girded and READY when our master returns! He is willing and ready to help us - all we need to do is ASK and obey.
Take a few minutes to color the picture below. As you color, focus on quieting your mind. Try to visualize yourself sitting at the feet of Jesus. What do you hear your Savior saying to you? Are you READY at this very moment to submit to your master's voice?
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