Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Watch and be Ready!

1. completely prepared or in fit condition for immediate action or use: troops ready for battle; Dinner is ready.
2. duly equipped, completed, adjusted, or arranged, as for an occasion or purpose: The mechanic called to say that the car is ready.
4. prompt or quick in perceiving, comprehending, speaking, writing, etc.
5. proceeding from or showing such quickness: a ready reply.
6. prompt or quick in action, performance, manifestation, etc.: a keen mind and ready wit.
8. in such a condition as to be imminent; likely at any moment: a tree ready to fall.
9. immediately available for use: a ready source of cash.
11. present or convenient: to lie ready to one's hand.

Luke 12:35-38 (New International Version)

"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.

Several days have brought the same message. Tamela addressed it, Ray Prichard addressed it, Tiffany posted a video of John Piper addressing it, and this verse was in my daily reading recently.

Is Jesus shouting out something to us? Are we and our families ready for His return?

Lord Jesus, please help us keep our lamps burning bright. Help our children have their lamps burning and plenty of oil. Lord, keep us in your light, and bring us safely home.


Joyful said...

Oh Kathy, I desire to be ready!

I always find it amazing when God brings me the same message from several different sources at the same time - God confirming His truth to my heart.

Keeping my candle burning,
(PS. Do you know that song? I know Point of Grace sing it.)

Angie said...

REady! My prayer daily! At attention...waiting HIS call or command!
I loved this post!

Tea With Tiffany said...

Readiness. Wow, I guess it's getting to be time. Lord, we want to be ready. Help us...Without you, we are far from ready.

Wow, the other day I saw in my mind's eye a lighter and a bunch of candles. I felt God speak a word to me using this picture.

Thanks for sharing.
Have a good day,


Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Thank you for this message today. To be ready, at all times, in every way. I needed this reminder, today. Thanks,

Stay Cozy, Carrie

A Stone Gatherer said...

I'd say that's a "verily, verily" moment there! Christ definately wants us to be ready!

Rachel B said...

Waiting, ready, watching!

Isn't it awesome to see how God speaks to us through so many different sources?

Terrific post, Kathy!

Rachel B said...

I put a link to this post of yours on my blog post today. Hope this is okay!!! The subject of time has been so on my heart recently and that's what I wrote about. This post of yours was one of the places that "spoke to me" about time recently.

lisasmith said...

Thank you for a beautiful word. I so long to balance the seen and the unseen...living in one world while joyfully preparing for and eagerly anticipating the one to come.

Edie said...

Amen sister. There is still so much apathy amoung Christians. I'm keeping my gaze on the sky in great anticipation!

I always love your posts!