“Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Luke 12:32-34)
Little flock . . . Jesus is talking to his disciples, and if the crowds and multitudes are his followers and audience, the disciples are his intimates and companions. But, beloved reader, we are also his “little flock” and what is said to the disciples also applies to us.
“Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.” (Verses 35 – 38)
That does not mean that we must stay awake days and nights waiting for Jesus. But we must live our lives constantly being ready to serve our Lord. You never know when the opportunity might raise to add your efforts to the Lord’s plan. And what a privilege that would be!
“But know 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, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.” ( Verses 39 – 40)
These last verses speak more explicitly to Jesus’ return. You must know that countless generation having been waiting for the return of Jesus. And each generation in faithful obedience has waited, ready for all the heralding and announcements that are prophesied to come at that moment. I have thought often about this “waiting.” Several times in my life people of good faith have said the time is coming and will be here soon – yet it has never come. Perhaps if all humanity did not expect it, all at the same time, then the time would be at that moment. But how can we not expect it, and not look forward to it. Even now, at this second of writing, I have to wonder if the time will be in the next instant. But if you are reading this, then it was not the time. OR . . . it was the time . . . and you missed out on it! Sorry to be so blunt, but you just never know. Do not, beloved reader, live in that certainty. Take a moment right now to check in your heart and spirit – are you in right relationship with our Lord? Ask the Divine. Be sure! Selah!