In preparing for our sermon this week, I was led to this passage, “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning. Like men 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,” (Luke 12:35-36). I wondered what the phrase in the verse means, “Men waiting for their master to return?”
One of the perils of our modern world is we are so occupied with the immediate that we fail to lift our eyes and look toward the ultimate; Jesus’ return. This pre-occupation with the immediate means we have lost the vision of God, and His final victory. A characteristic of a life based on the immediate means a life that is always being disturbed; a life that is always seeking more.
The Christian life is never disturbed, because the Christian is always watching and waiting, and therefore, ready for Christ to disturb us. The Christian understands that God is leading, guiding, preparing, honing, and purifying them, so that at any moment He can change the direction of our life with a new command.
Jesus never lost sight of His ultimate work; the establishment of the Kingdom of God on earth, and that is because He never took His eyes of the Father. What then is the ultimate work for the Christian? It is to be dressed ready for service, with our lamps burning. We are waiting for Jesus return, and when He knocks we are not disturbed.
Watching and Waiting,