Luke and The Lost
Randy and I watched a rerun of the movie, “Left Behind” a few days ago. When you watch a movie a few times you begin to analyze it, thinking deeper thoughts than with the first time you saw it. I began to think, who would I be? What character is me in this drama based on the novel written by Tim LaHay and Jerry Jenkins? I read the series a long time ago, knowing it is only a novel. It did send a lot of people back to the Bible to check out what will happen. The drama does make one think about “the last days”. Jesus tells us to simply be ready.
On a lighter note, when Randy and I tease each other and play practical jokes on each other, he warns me, “when you least expect it, expect it.” Payback will come, I just don’t know when. Most times he forgets so I can count on that. (Smiling)
Or it’s like this…When you have young children, you are ready for anything that might happen, day or night. As parents, you know the sounds of sickness in the night and jump and run, ready to catch whatever might flow. You know and can tell the difference between cries of hunger, hurt or sadness and can respond quickly. All of these expectations come through experience and learning. Parents are ready for anything. Most of the time.
Jesus gives us a glimpse into what He expects us to…well, expect and warns us to be ready for His coming. Read and be blessed. Keep your shirt on and the lamp lit! If we have a relationship with Jesus as Savior and Lord, we’re ready! If we are looking for Him, waiting for His nod, willing to serve Him, we’re ready.
Luke 12, The Message
When the Master Shows Up
35-38 “Keep your shirts on; keep the lights on! Be like house servants waiting for their master to come back from his honeymoon, awake and ready to open the door when he arrives and knocks. Lucky the servants whom the master finds on watch! He’ll put on an apron, sit them at the table, and serve them a meal, sharing his wedding feast with them. It doesn’t matter what time of the night he arrives; they’re awake—and so blessed!
39-40 “You know that if the house owner had known what night the burglar was coming, he wouldn’t have stayed out late and left the place unlocked. So don’t you be slovenly and careless. Just when you don’t expect him, the Son of Man will show up.”
41 Peter said, “Master, are you telling this story just for us? Or is it for everybody?”
42-46 The Master said, “Let me ask you: Who is the dependable manager, full of common sense, that the master puts in charge of his staff to feed them well and on time? He is a blessed man if when the master shows up he’s doing his job. But if he says to himself, ‘The master is certainly taking his time,’ begins maltreating the servants and maids, throws parties for his friends, and gets drunk, the master will walk in when he least expects it, give him the thrashing of his life, and put him back in the kitchen peeling potatoes.
47-48 “The servant who knows what his master wants and ignores it, or insolently does whatever he pleases, will be thoroughly thrashed. But if he does a poor job through ignorance, he’ll get off with a slap on the hand. Great gifts mean great responsibilities; greater gifts, greater responsibilities!
To Start a Fire
49-53 “I’ve come to start a fire on this earth—how I wish it were blazing right now! I’ve come to change everything, turn everything rightside up—how I long for it to be finished! Do you think I came to smooth things over and make everything nice? Not so. I’ve come to disrupt and confront! From now on, when you find five in a house, it will be—
Three against two,
and two against three;
Father against son,
and son against father;
Mother against daughter,
and daughter against mother;
Mother-in-law against bride,
and bride against mother-in-law.”
54-56 Then he turned to the crowd: “When you see clouds coming in from the west, you say, ‘Storm’s coming’—and you’re right. And when the wind comes out of the south, you say, ‘This’ll be a hot one’—and you’re right. Frauds! You know how to tell a change in the weather, so don’t tell me you can’t tell a change in the season, the God-season we’re in right now.
57-59 “You don’t have to be a genius to understand these things. Just use your common sense, the kind you’d use if, while being taken to court, you decided to settle up with your accuser on the way, knowing that if the case went to the judge you’d probably go to jail and pay every last penny of the fine. That’s the kind of decision I’m asking you to make.”
What do we learn?
–When you least expect Him, expect Him.
–Keep reflecting His Light to those searching in the dark.
–“Be like house servants waiting for their master to come back from his honeymoon, awake and ready to open the door when he arrives and knocks.”
In Jesus Name…Amen!
EVEN SO COME!! LIKE A BRIDE WAITING FOR HER GROOM …