“Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, 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.”
When we hear that severe weather may strike, we take precautions and make the appropriate preparations. Not being prepared sounds foolish to us and we encourage others to have what they need and be ready. Jesus uses the example of servants dressed with lamps burning to indicate how we should all be ready for the coming of the kingdom.
Do you know anyone who warns their neighbors but are not prepared themselves? That’s not usually the case – those who are ready encourage others to do so because they understand the need to be prepared for what is to come. Some say “but what if the storm misses us?” It is better to be ready and not need it than the other way around!
We know that Jesus is coming back, there’s no chance that it won’t happen to everyone! We must be prepared ourselves and do our best to ensure others are ready as well. For some who are not ready, His return will be a storm; but for those who are prepared as Jesus taught us, it will be a joyful celebration! Prepare your hearts and share the Good News that everyone may be ready when He comes back for us.
Loving Lord, we trust Your promise that You will return and Your teaching to be prepared. Help us to order our lives and help others to be ready for Your coming as well. Amen.