BY: Amy Wagner
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Luke 12:35-38: Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, 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. 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. 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.
PERSONAL REFLECTION: There have been many news stories and headlines happening around the globe that leave us to question if we are living in the end of days. Yeah, yeah…we all have heard one person or another argue that EVERY generation had those that claimed that Jesus was coming soon but yet He still hasn’t come. I see the news and read headlines and while no one can say for sure, those that have read these signs in the Bible can only pray for those that are lost in these times. I pray that God delay only to bring more to Christ before it’s literally too late for them.
While we could argue over whether or not we will be here to see these things come to pass and the theology of pre-mid-post tribulation rapture, there is one thing that we know we are to do. WE ARE TO PREPARE. Preparing means different things to different people. The Bible speaks to us as to how we are supposed to watch for the Lord’s coming. We are to keep our lamps burning and be ready to open the door IMMEDIATELY for Him. What does this mean?
Have you ever had unexpected company come knock at your door? Your hair is ratty, you have your sweat pants on, dishes are piled high, the carpet hasn’t been vacuumed in a week and your bathroom looks like it should be in a horror film. You weren’t expecting company. You weren’t ready for company. You were caught off guard, unprepared.
Now what happens? You yell through the door, “just a minute!” and scramble to pull yourself together, straightening the couch pillows and throwing the piled-up dirty clothes into the back room to hide them away. It’s a difficult situation to manage and uncomfortable to say the least. When you finally do open the door, you are frazzled before they even come in which makes them uneasy and then they feel intrusive, which is the last thing we want.
However, in a different scenario, you get a call. “I’m coming to see you soon.” When you are expecting a knock on your door, you will already have your house straightened up and even have time to get the coffee brewing. Then you wait, you watch, looking out the window at every car that drives by in anticipation. Then when they finally pull into the driveway, you already see them out the window and you are opening the door and standing on the porch to greet them with open arms. What a difference it makes when you are watching and waiting.
God tells us to “watch” and be ready for His return so that you aren’t caught off guard. If you and your house are in order when He comes to the door you can open it and welcome Him in without fear, hesitation, or any uncomfortable moment. Keep your lamp burning, narrow your walk. Pray, study God’s word; weed out those things in your life that comes between you and your time with God.
Whether or not He comes tomorrow, 2 weeks, or 10 years from now, prepare your heart and your home for His return so that you can enjoy a nice cup of coffee with Him rather than worrying about your ratty hair.
PRAYER: Father, I want to be ready for your return. I want my heart and my home to be in proper order so that I can be waiting and ready to open the door IMMEDIATELY and have no reason to hesitate.
I know that we don’t know the day or the hour of your return, however, we can watch for the signs that your word clearly blesses us with. Lord, I pray for those that don’t know you, that aren’t waiting eagerly for your arrival. I lift these souls to you and pray that they come to know you before their time runs out. I pray that you continue to put these people in my path so that I may share the news of your coming and the good news of your saving grace.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
The Wagner family has been Life Assembly Citizens for 10 years. Currently, John & Amy serve as youth leaders and teach the youth Sunday morning Bible study. Amy is a certified counselor, but currently works alongside John in their
restaurant in Lebanon — Taters. (shameless plug — wink, wink)