Ready To Open The Door
On Sunday night my wife, Mary, couldn’t go to bed. Laura, our daughter- in-law who flew down for the weekend to work as the cosmetologist for a wedding in Austin, was driving back to Midlothian so she could spend a little time before they headed to Love Field to catch her return flight to Connecticut. Now Mary had some idea about when Laura would arrive, but not the exact time (weddings and the traffic on I35 are not always predictable.)
It didn’t happen till around midnight, but when Laura drove into the driveway, Mary was ready to open the door with the porch lights burning. They didn’t go to bed because Laura hadn’t seen the renovations on our new home. Even in the middle of the night Mary was prepared for Laura’s arrival and ready to spend time with her. With his disciples, Jesus used a return from a wedding, servants prepared to open the door, and time together to teach us the imperative of being ready for His imminent return.
“Be constantly prepared, dressed for action with the lamps burning. Be like men waiting for their master to come home from a wedding feast –ready to open the door for him immediately as soon as he arrives and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when the master returns. Indeed, I tell you, he will change his clothes, have them sit down at the table, and he will come himself and serve them. Even if it’s in the second or third watch of the night (this is between 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM), if the master finds them awake, those servants will be blessed!” Luke 11:35-38
If Jesus was stressing the need for preparedness in the first century, how much more do I need to be prepared today.
LORD, faced with only a life expectancy of the mid-thirties, this promise that You could return at any time is precious to the Kenyan believers I lived with for the last three weeks. Help me not to be so seduced by the American dream that I lose a daily readiness that this could be the day that You return. Can’t believe that we will get to sit down at Your table and You will serve us.
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