Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Are YOU Ready?

Those servants are really fortunate if their master finds them ready, even though he comes late at night or early in the morning. (Luke 12:38, CEV)

READ Luke 12:35-48

At the penning of this passage, it's celebration season. The summer months always bring more than a few parties. Whether it be graduations, weddings, baby showers, Memorial Day, the 4th of July, family reunions or vacations, much preparation goes into being ready to celebrate.

Already this summer, I have been a witness to the tireless commitment to be ready. There's the thorough cleaning and the loving preparation of food. Details are meticulously planned out. Time and finances are dedicated without a second thought. I was even caught last minute this past weekend, running to the store for fresh tomatoes and plastic forks. When the party starts, you don't want to be caught unprepared!

If you think we have reason to celebrate now, what do you think Jesus has prepared for us in eternity? Are you ready for the party of your life? He tells us that it can come when we least expect it. While we're not saved by our preparations, our heart relationship with Christ is reflected in our activity. I don't know about you, but I don't want to be caught napping on the job, drunk or screaming at my kids when the party begins! Would you even want your mail carrier to show up at your door unexpectedly like that?

Jesus truly desires to catch us doing good. He longs to be received as our Suffering Servant. In return, He merely asks that we be faithfully obedient.

He warns that He has high expectations of those who have been given much. While we may often think of that "much" as money or possessions, it can include other things as well. Our "much" may be trials or education or experience. Whatever it is, it should translate into acts of service or sharing with others.

Get ready TODAY! Make sure your relationship is right with the One who gave His very life for you! If you're willing to go to all lengths and expense to prepare for our brief but festive occasions, shouldn't you put that much more effort into being ready for the party that will be more awesome than anything you could ever ask or imagine?
(NOTE: The next BLOG, scheduled for 7/4, will be published 7/2 so readers can be replenished before the holiday!)

1 comment:

  1. I love the way you describe being ready for Christ's comming. God Bless you and your family!