August 11

Luke 12:15-40

“But know 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.” vs. 39

Preparedness has been a part of the Christian life from the beginning. Jesus talked about it with his disciples and later believers took up the theme as they looked for the coming Christ. Later on, even as the expected imminent return was delayed, there continued to be a strong emphasis on being prepared for the end in both preaching and teaching. Year after year congregants were reminded that the Lord would be coming soon and that they needed to get their lives in order. Believers today may have a different understanding of Christ’s return, but that theme of preparedness has continued to be important. Two factors are at play here: First, there’s massive uncertainty about the future, and secondly, life is fragile! We really don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but we do know that one day we will die. In that context Jesus’ words continue to ring true. We don’t have unlimited time to do the things that are on our bucket lists, and one day we’ll not get another chance to say “I love you” to those we hold dear. Being prepared doesn’t mean retreating to the wilderness and wearing white robes, but it does mean using each day to the fullest and not wasting one precious moment of this incredible life we have been given purely by the grace of God.

Thought for the Day: What have I been putting off that needs to be done?

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