The Parable of The Watchful Servants
“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
“Time flies”, “I need more time”, “I can’t find the time” and even “Time and tide wait for no man”. These are all very familiar phrases that we can all identify with. Our time and how we choose to use it is perhaps the biggest sacrifice we make each and every day. No matter what resources, gifts, or talents we are blessed with, time supersedes them all because it is something we all possess. We can choose to make the best use of your time or choose to waste it. The choice is ours. Though we all have the choice of what to do with our time, in our current culture, now more than ever, time is an increasingly precious commodity and virtually priceless. Therefore we are by nature protective of it and often reluctant to share it if it is not in our interests. However, what is of greatest importance to God is how we spend the time we’ve been given. In our reading we are reminded to be ready for the coming of Jesus. We are advised to use our time wisely in preparation for his coming. We do not know when this will be, but we must be prepared. Are you ready? Are you prepared?
Prayer: Loving God, give me a greater sense of urgency and expectation about the coming of Jesus. Make me ready to greet that day with joy even though the time and hour of his coming is unknown. Give me the wisdom to invest in eternal things that matter to you. Guide me in the use of my time so that I don’t waste this precious commodity. Give me a sense of joyful anticipation as I await his coming and the ultimate blessings it will bring. Amen
Action: Make every effort to use your time for the good of others in the service of God.
This Thought was written by Stuart Mitchell