More Luke 12–Being Prepared for His Return

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.

Like a Thief in the Night–I Thesalonians 5 Part 1

The world will be dumbfounded. Everything was so secure.  Everything so predictable, until it wasn’t! When our Lord returns, it will be a big deal. Nothing could prepare those who failed to believe.  It will be as in the time of Noah–After generations of warnings, the body of Christ will be gone and the vestiges of Godliness removed.  All peace will be gone.  And the opposite of peace, Chaos will be the order of the day.

But we who know him should be prepared.  We will not be afraid.  We will see the signs and rejoice upon his return–if we are fortunate to be there. In the meanwhile, like Noah, we should live lives that are prepared to leave. We cannot hold tightly to this world or its trappings, but instead we must walk as though we can leave it all behind. When Abraham raised the knife to Sacrifice Isaac, it was the moment that Abraham knew that God was enough.  God calls us to lay everything we have on the alter–not so he can deprive us of it, but so he can free us from enslavement to it.  do not be surprised or live as though he will never return.  Be ready!

God Bless You

Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober.

Matthew 25 part 1–Always Be Prepared

We must live our lives being prepared for Christ’s return.  Jesus was trying to help the folk of his day understand that it took more than simply knowing the Messiah was coming—They needed to be ready to meet him.  The foolish ones knew he was coming, but when his arrival came they were not ready.  When they finally became ready, it was too late.  The same was true for Israel’s religious establishment.  They knew a Messiah was coming, they watched for him for generations.  But when the time came they were simply not prepared for him and totally missed him.  When they finally realize he is Lord, it will be too late.

The same holds true for our culture.  So many folks know of Jesus.  They have heard the stories and many think that someday they will deal with him.  But like the foolish ones in the story, they are not prepared for him and miss him in their lives.  When reality sets in—t will be too late.  We have to enter a relationship with him.  We have to allow him to be a part of our lives so that he can forgive us and restore us to the people he created us to be—free, forgiven and following him.  If we prepare, we will be ready for his return and follow him to eternity.  Do not allow yourself to be caught unaware, ask him to be a part of your life, today.

God Bless You

“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.  “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’  “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’

“‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.  11 “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ 12 “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’

13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.