Jesus so often challenges us and gives us responsibilities. To those who don’t yet know Him as their Lord and Master He says ‘repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near’ (Matthew 4:17), but for those who belong to Him, love Him and know Him there are further responsibilities as they live in His Kingdom.
I like the simplicity of this instruction ‘Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning’. Do you wonder what our lamps could be? How about our passion for Jesus and the things of the Holy Spirit?
Jesus talks about the light in us. First of all, once we have the light of Jesus burning in our hearts, we must let others know. ‘No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light’ (Luke 11:33).
Then we have the responsibility to make sure the light doesn’t go out or grow dim. Jesus says we must be ‘careful’ about that. ‘Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness. Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly bright, as when a lamp with its rays gives you light’ (Luke 11:34-36).
How can we keep our lamp burning? We can fix our eyes on the glory of Jesus and focus on praise and worship to Him. Not only can we pray those prayers of intercession, however short or long, and whatever time of day or night, but we can to continually give thanks and tell Him we love Him (rather than grumbling and complaining). We can also saturate ourselves in the Word of God each day. Our eye can look upon its light and take in as much as possible. And yet even that isn’t enough. We must also put into practice what we read in the Bible. ‘But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!’ (Luke 11:28). Yes Jesus is coming back and we must be ready to meet Him at His return, or meet Him before then as we step into eternity. ‘This night your soul is required of you’ (Luke 12:19 – 21).
In Jesus’ illustration the good servant is alert for the return of his master and aims to please him. The master comes back from the wedding banquet is so delighted with this servant that he gives him a huge reward. He actually waits upon him and serves him. What could be more surprising than that? But the bad servant will be punished, for ‘Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more’ (Luke 12:48).
Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for the light You bring to me. Please help me to keep it burning. I want to be ready when you return so I can open the door for You and welcome You back. Amen.
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