Ready and Watching
Luke 12:37 – “Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.”
One day a traveler came upon a beautiful but secluded estate situated on the shores of a peaceful lake in Switzerland. Knocking on the garden gate, he was met by an aged man who cordially bade him to enter. The elderly caretaker seemed glad to see another human being and eagerly showed him around the wonderful garden. “How long have you been here?” the tourist asked. “Twenty-four years.” “And how often has your master returned?” “Four times.” “When was he here last?” “Oh, about 12 years ago. I am almost always alone – it is very seldom that even a stranger visits me.” “Yet,” said the traveler, “you have the garden in such perfect order, and everything is flourishing as if you were expecting your master tomorrow!” “No, Sir,” exclaimed the caretaker, “I have it fixed as if he were coming today!” The tourist was impressed by the man’s faithfulness and readiness. Being a believer, he thought to himself, “So, too, it is our duty as Christians to be ready for the return of our Lord at any moment.”
The surest thing in all the world is the promised return of the Lord Jesus Christ to take His own unto Himself. The exact time of His coming is not make known so that we may be constantly looking and watching for Him! The consciousness of His “any moment return” is the greatest incentive for holiness, evangelism, revival, and soul-winning that can be found anywhere in the Bible.
If you knew that Jesus would come in the next 24 hours, how would you talk, how would you live, and what would you be doing? Keep the lamp of your consecration burning brightly, for He may come today!