Jesus is going to come again, and we are to be ready when he comes. Being ready means being watchful and anticipating his coming at all times. Anticipating his coming means thinking about eternity at all times. Nothing measures meaning like eternity…
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.”
Jesus has been talking to his followers about how their treasure should be in heaven so their hearts will be there also. We are to have a mindset that is geared to and a reflection of heaven. Eternity is the finish line. Not earth. Not earthly accomplishment. Not any measurement of effectiveness or supremacy or success or victory in the temporal economy.
Nothing measures meaning like eternity.
And so, as Jesus continues his address to his followers, he encourages them to be dressed, ready for service, with their lights on. Be ready when the master comes home, he says. Jesus is going to come again, and we are to be ready when he comes. Just as he will do at the last supper, Jesus foretells here of a master dressing himself to serve and waiting on his servants as they recline at the table.
Our example of readiness and willingness to serve comes from Jesus himself. When we serve and humble ourselves with a servant’s heart, we are reflecting our Lord.
By the way, his coming will be unexpected. Like a thief in the night, Jesus says. And if a homeowner knew what time the thief would come, he would be ready with the baseball bat behind the door or window. If the servant knew what time the master was coming, he would nap until it was time and then rise to greet him.
We do not know the day or the hour of Jesus’ return. Being ready means being watchful and anticipating his coming at all times. Anticipating his coming means thinking about eternity at all times.
Peter interjected a question to Jesus, asking whether the Lord was talking to everyone or just the twelve closest disciples. Watch out for the answer. Those who know more, know better, and know what the master expects will be held even more responsible to be watchful and ready for his return than the average servant.
The closer you are to Jesus, the greater the expectation on you. We might wish that grace would increase with closeness to God, yet it seems greater grace is reserved for those who don’t know the Lord as well.
Where are you? Are you ready? Are you watchful? Are you focused on eternity as the place where your treasure is stored?