Now Jesus begins to make it real. Jesus was preparing the disciples for the transition. The Lord knew His time was limited and He needed His guys to live and be ready. Up to that point, they followed Jesus and stood in the background while He did amazing things. Now, He was preparing them to take the lead and work on His behalf to build the church. He knew He was going to die. The Lord also knew He would rise and ascend to be with the Father.
So, Jesus needed His guys to be ready for that day so that they could, in fact, change the world. Jesus also wanted them to understand that they needed to prepare for His return. They would neither know the date nor the hour of the Lord’s return, but they needed to live as if it were immanent. So, Jesus said it straight out–“Be ready as if you were preparing for the return of the master from a long journey. Be ready as if you were going to stop an invasion. Be ready as if tomorrow would be the most important day ever. Be ready!!!
Such is the call for us today. We are to live as if Jesus return was imminent. Truth be known, it is. We see the signs and know that the Lord may not tarry much longer. We need to live lives of commitment and faith, because, even if we should die before he returns–He will return. In that moment, like any good servant, we must be prepared to give an account of our lives and action. What Jesus was teaching His chosen ones was to live for what is real and eternal. We cannot say, “Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we may die!” The world lives that way, and it has led to chaos.
Live a life worthy of the Gospel. Live as if Jesus will be back tomorrow. If you will, you will enjoy peace and you will be prepared when that day finally comes.
God Bless You
35 “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, 36 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. 37 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. 38 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. 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 Truly I tell you, 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 other servants, both men and women, 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 “The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the 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.