Read: Luke 12v35–40
“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. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”
Meditate: Jesus’ teaching about not worrying is balanced here by his warning that we should be alert. Here he invites us to imagine ourselves going to bed at night but expecting all the time that there might be a burglar on the way. Jesus was getting his followers ready for great events that were still to come. Everything he was doing was about launching a project, the work of God’s kingdom. But nobody knows when its going to arrive in full. So we are to be poised, alert, ready - like servants waiting for the master of the house to come back from a late-night party.
God’s kingdom was truly launched at Jesus’ resurrection on that first Easter Sunday, but it will be completed when Jesus returns and God makes the new heavens and new earth. We have no idea when that will happen. We have to be ready at any time.
Pray: Lord, give us the patience and the courage to watch and wait and be ready for the day when your kingdom comes on earth as it is in heaven.
Engage: Spend at least thirty minutes with someone under the age of 5 or over the age of 70.