August 7

Luke 12:37-40

“You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.” vs. 40

Believers are familiar with admonitions to be prepared. They occur regularly in the teachings of Jesus, particularly in those relating to the coming apocalypse. Disciples were warned that the Son of Man would be coming at an unexpected hour and that they should be ready. Early Christians taught that Jesus would be coming again, likely within their lifetimes, and even when his return was delayed, preachers continued to warn their hearers to be ready. Some believers, with an eye on impending global catastrophes, even now take those warnings seriously. Others are not so concerned about “end of the world” scenarios in the traditional sense. But that doesn’t mean they haven’t learned to live in a state of readiness. Anyone with half a brain knows that, as individuals, life can come to an end in a heartbeat. We all have heard the stories about seemingly healthy persons who have suddenly died–and we know that could happen for us too. And even when we can’t know the time of that ending, we can at least have our affairs in order. What that means will vary from person to person. Some will make wills and have estate plans. Others will enjoy life as fully as they can and not put things off. One thing we don’t need to worry about is whether we’ll have a room in the heavenly mansions. That’s God’s business, and that gift is ours by grace!

Thought for the Day: What am I doing to be ready?

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