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2014_03_10 Waiting

~ “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like men 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. I tell you the truth, 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 second or third watch of the night.” ~Luke 12:35-38(NIV84)

 

I read these verses this weekend and one question immediately popped out at me. If my Master knocked on the door right now, would I be ready to go? I’m not just talking in terms of salvation here. As I once heard a pastor say, “Salvation is the start of the race, not the finish line.” I’m talking about that “ready” as in a distinguished guest is coming over…when everything is cleaned in detail, decorating is done with care, and you are constantly improving as you are waiting in anticipation of their arrival. Well Jesus is the most distinguished guest there is and I want to greet Him in the best manner I can! This week I seek to bring to the forefront of my mind that “ready and waiting” status.

 

In the case of Jesus’ return though, we are not just getting ready for a guest. We are getting ready to go! We are heaven bound! So what do you do when you are getting ready to go somewhere for an extended period of time? Well the first thing I do is clean up everything. I wash the laundry, get everything organized, and freshen the house. The next thing I do is get my bags packed and put them by the door. If I’m leaving anyone behind then I make sure that they have everything they need to function without me. Then I get all gussied up and run over my checklist, constantly finding something else to improve until it’s time to go.

 

Well, the same applies to waiting on Jesus’ return. The difference is, since we don’t know what time we’re leaving, we must maintain that status daily. That way no matter what time He comes, we’re ready! In addition, it’s not just our houses and property that need to be clean, but our Temples (bodies) and lives as well. These concepts are to be applied over every aspect of our lives with constant improvements until that glorious day.

 

So the challenge for this week is to embrace that lady in waiting status, to ask myself daily, “If my Master knocked on the door right now, would I be ready to go?” Then improve upon whatever I can to grow to a “yes”, then an emphatic “Yes!”, and then and jubilant “YES!!!!!”. Every day I want that “yes” to be backed by more and more confidence that when He comes I will hear, “Well done my good and faithful servant {Matthew 25:21}.”

 

As with all of the parts of the Living Prayer series, this will be a constantly ongoing process of growth and improvement. As long as we are humans, there will be room for improvement. The key is to take it day by day, stay connected with the Holy Spirit, and stay in the process. Be blessed lovelies and know that you are loved!~

 

Surrendered to Him~

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