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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Being Ready And Prepared

In review of Luke 12:48 it says, “For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.”

Bottom Line:
Those who have been given much, much will be expected in return.

What this means to me:
God has been very generous with me as I have walked with HIm for many years. In this time I have had the opportunity to know a lot about Him, His Kingdom and what he wants from me. He has gifted me and wants me to use my gifts to serve. With what I know, he expects more from me in return. Ready to go and serve.

Today's verse comes from the latter part of Luke chapter 12. In it Jesus is explaining how to be ready for the Lord's coming. He gives us the example of being dressed for service and keeping our lamps burning, as if we are waiting for our master to return. If we do, then this way will be ready to open the door and let him in when he arrives. Those who are ready and waiting for his return will be rewarded. The Master can come at anytime, so be ready. For if you know you were going to be robbed at a certain time, you would have taken precautions. Since we don’t know, we must be ready all the time; for the Son of Man will come when it is least expected.

A faithful servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing and taking care of his household. A servant who know what the master wants, but isn't prepared and doesn't carry out those instructions, will be severely punished. When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.

As I reflect on this today, I realize that I have been given much. Jesus laid down His life on the Cross, and as a result myself and every believer was granted a full pardon, in which we traded our filthy rags for robes of His righteousness.

While my past few weeks may have had their share of trials and challenges, there is still good news. At the cross, Jesus overcame the world, the flesh, and the devil. He holds the keys to death, hell, and the grave; and He has the last word. When I start feeling deflated, I can focus on the cross. It is an endless supply of hope and the promise of life everlasting.

Until I found Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, I was a slave to Satan by the choices I was making. Jesus has freed me from ultimate death and from the clutches of hell itself. As a child of God, whom the Son sets free is absolutely free. The good news of deliverance is possible for everyone.