Lenten Reader | Day 13


“Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, 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. 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. 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. 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. You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”

- Luke 12:35-40
Definition of Ready:
-completely prepared or in a fit condition for immediate action or use
-duly equipped, completed, adjusted, or arranged, as for an occasion or purpose

Reading this passage, I asked myself: Am I ready? Is my house in order?

Growing up I remember people telling me, “you’re young and enjoying life, you can figure ‘those things’ out when you get older.” This is a trap from the enemy that I fell into. We do not know the time of Jesus’ return, so we need to be ready no matter what stage/season of life we are in. We need to daily lay down our own lives and take up our cross to follow him. Our hearts and minds need to be in fit condition for immediate action because he is coming soon. I do not want to be so complacent in my life that I neglect what I am ultimately here for and miss the blessings to come.

Ask yourself, am I ready for Jesus’ return?

If you aren’t ready, today is the day to seek God, ask for forgiveness, and start on a new path.
If you know you are ready, “Blessed will be those servants the master finds alert when he comes” (Luke 12:37). We all have areas in our lives where we fall short. Let’s actively seek the Lord and confess our failures. It is time to seize the day because the Lord is coming whether we are ready or not. So let’s choose to be READY.

-Kaila Magill