Today’s readings are Hosea 14 and Luke 12:35-48.
No matter what is said by me today, the words from Luke 12:48 speak so powerfully to us all. “…From everyone who has been given much, much more will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked“. There can be little hiding from the simple fact that Jesus, in highlighting the master in the story that he tells, wants us to see and feel that if a servant knows the will of the master but ignores his will he will, then he will be held accountable. Therefore, a disciple who has acquired much learning and insight over time, should when the master returns, be expected to be judged on what they did with what they knew.
This also goes for the disciples in being watchful as they wait for the return of their master from a wedding banquet. They, like us have no idea when he will return, but whenever he does they will be glad that they were watching.
The need to be ready and waiting in anticipation actually goes hand in hand with what we know of the Lord and his return. We do not know the hour or the day, but just like a thief who breaks into the house when the owner least expects it, we too need to be ready for the return of the son of man as he too will come suddenly and will either see us ready or unprepared.
Teacher and leaders of churches know that we need to be ready, but we also know that we should teach others to be ready as well. As I write this it occurs to me that the Lord could come back tonight or tomorrow. However, if he does not it remains still a relevant truth that we must anticipate it and remain alert for his eventual return.
May Christmas remind us all of his first coming and prepare for his second.
Blessings from Pastor Ian