Luke 12:32-59; Genesis 22; Psalm 15
As a teacher, I know that I may get visits from Principals, Assistant Principals, and District Personnel at any time. Gone are the days of a one time dog and pony show where I can look good for an hour and then relax the rest of the year. (Not that I taught that way.) I always have to be ready. That’s a good thing. Jesus put it this way for those people who follow Him: “Happy are the servants whom the master finds fulfilling their responsibilities when he comes.” (Luke 12:43) I hear people talk about doing something special to get ready for when Jesus comes. Some people in the past have done weird things to meet Jesus on the mountain when He returns. In truth, God doesn’t want us doing anything out of the ordinary to prepare for the second coming of Jesus. He wants us going about, living our lives as Christ commanded us. What are my responsibilities as a follower of Christ? I am to read His word, pray, worship, care for the poor, proclaim His name and His salvation. I am to do good to all people, especially the brethren. Need I go on? The truth is, most of us know what God expects. Let’s live that way daily with the full knowledge that God is helping and protecting us daily.
Lord, You don’t want special preparations for Your coming. You want us to live as Your children according to Your desires every day. Give me the grace and strength to do that.