Are You Ready for the Return?  (Luke 12:35-48)

“Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, 36 like men 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. 37 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. 38 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night. 39 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. 40 You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”

41 Peter asked, “Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everyone?”

42 The Lord answered, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time? 43 It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns. 44 I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 45 But suppose the servant says to himself, ‘My master is taking a long time in coming,’ and he then begins to beat the menservants and maidservants and to eat and drink and get drunk. 46 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers.

47 “That servant who knows his master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what his master wants will be beaten with many blows. 48 But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. (Luke 12:35-48)

Learn it:  

In this passage Jesus is giving a warning to all people that we have to be ready. We must be dressed for service and always have our lights on. The first parable is about how we do now know when Jesus will return so we have to be ready at any moment for his return. We have to be like the people waiting for the master to return at any moment. We cannot slack off. As Christians, we never stop doing Kingdom work. We always look for ways to serve and give glory to God. Just like a good babysitter who is expecting the parents to return at any time. They want to be caught doing something good and not bad. We must live our lives the same way.

The second half of the passage talks to us about not getting lazy. We have to continue to love God’s people. The way we live our lives now will affect our eternity. We could enter heaven with just ourselves our there is a possibility of entering in with rewards. It is all about how we will live our lives now.

Live it:

Do you live your life expecting that Jesus could come back at any moment? It is a hard to keep your mind with that kind of focus. It is so easy to think, “It’s been 2000 years since he left, what are the odds he will return today?” We assume he won’t be back today so we live the way we want to and say, “I’ll do better tomorrow.” We cannot think like that. We must live our lives expecting Jesus to come back right now. How do you want Jesus to catch you living your life? No one wants him to come back in the midst of sinning. How can you make serving God the priority in your life?

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