Are You Ready?
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.”
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.
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