Jesus calls us to remain alert with the knowledge that he will return at an unexpected hour.
“Be ready for service and have your lamps lit. You are to be like people waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet so that when he comes and knocks, they can open the door for him at once. Blessed will be those servants the master finds alert when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will get ready, have them recline at the table, then come and serve them. If he comes in the middle of the night, or even near dawn, and finds them alert, blessed are those servants. But know this: If the homeowner had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also be ready, because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” (Luke 12:35-40)
Pastor John’s Notes:
Every once in a while someone writes a book predicting the end of the world. The Bible makes it clear that any such prediction is futile. In this passage, Jesus is speaking to his disciples and saying that he will return at a time when even they do not expect it. He intends to catch the world unawares, even his own servants. Therefore, all we can do is stay alert each day.
Lord, teach me to be ever mindful of your return. Let it be that when you return you will find me busy about the work of your kingdom.