Dressed and ready to go! ( Luke 12:35-47 ) Luke 12:35 35 “Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning; 36 and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately. These verses are speaking of the need to be ready when Jesus returns. In Jesus' day, waist girded meant to be fully dressed, with the long robes pulled up and tucked into the belt (for travelling). In other words, we need to be prepared to leave very suddenly, ( just like the Israelites in the Passover). . Having your lights burning means watching and ready; awake and watchful. Luke 12: 37 Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them. We will sit down together in Jesus' Kingdom with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, the apostles etc. and Jesus Himself. Luke 12:42 And the Lord replied, “A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them.43 If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward.44 I tell you the truth, the master will put that servant in charge of all he owns. We are all stewards of Jesus. A steward is someone who is entrusted with the possessions and the business of another. Jesus has entrusted us with His Gospel, and has given us treasures, talents, and time, and commanded us to "...do business untll I come..." ( Luke 19:13). Our business is to share the Gospel with every person and use what God has given us to further the Kingdom of God. If we are faithful stewards, we will inherit all things. Luke 12: 45 But if that servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and be drunk, 46 the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. A solemn warning regarding those who fail to watch and be ready. Notice they forsake the hope of the Lords return, abuse other servants, and begin to eat drink, and be drunken. Perhaps these are the people Peter, ( in Second Peter 2-3) and Jude warned us about. We ourselves need to hold on to the hope that has been given to us, for we will inherit if we do not faint. ( Hebrews 3:14; Galatians 6:9) Luke 12: 47 And that servant who knew his master’s will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. 48 But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. 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. All of us will give an account of our stewardship to Christ at the Judgement Seat. ( 2 Corinthians 5:10). To those whom much has been given, much will be required. Prayer- Lord, help us to always be ready for your return, and help us to be faithful stewards for you. Amen.