What thief tells us they intend to arrive?
39 But know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into. 40 You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
41 Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for all?”
42 And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? 43 Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. 44 Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. 45 But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and get drunk, 46 the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and put him with the unfaithful. 47 And that servant who knew his master's will but did not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating. 48 But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.
No one had to tell Jesus what was in the heart of mankind. God, in the Holy Spirit, told us that. Not very surprising considering He is God. Jesus is conveying interest. And Emotion. Jesus is always Salt and Light.
1 Thessalonians 4:7
For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness.
I know a lady who has cancer for the first time in her sixties. She is not too worried. This is in His hands. Of course she is sad. The Disciples of Jesus were known to flop around with worry. This is a situation that calls attention to our beliefs, concerns. A valid time to trust and reflect what we know about HIM. This lady said in her sixth decade she feels, well the illness is a gamble, but we never know if we step out of our house and are hit by a bus. This is true, I have actually been hit by a bus before.
A thief is an entirely different event. We feel afraid, watched, concerned. Angry. Trying to decide if we did what we could correctly. Although, Edward, my husband was on a jury where the victim had been chased by the burglar the day before.
Yet.. you would have emotion if you were on the wrong side of Judgment.
I knew a woman years ago, she and her husband fought and after twenty years of marriage, their huge divorce disagreement was over her newly earned and self purchased Lincoln Town Car. He was not awarded her car in the divorce, so he routinely followed her and took his key to her car and drove away leaving her stranded. Leaning on her mercy that he was really acting upon hurt feelings and she would have to either report the theft and drop it again or wait for him to feel merciful. I advised her to spend the money and have the ignition and doors changed after a dozen events. She did so.
We have a clue about our diligence in our Spiritual life, our deepest core, our soul. Yet HE is aware we often act like the disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane. Self concerned. WE need to stay aware of HIM and not let life snatch us back into the mere oscillation becoming stagnation.
“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5 As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. 6 But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’
We can relate to this story, burning oil at both ends.
Or we can have the understanding Most Men would not want to be called "virgins without oil " upon discovering the LORD isn't nicey nice and requests the pleasure of their company in conversation...all the time.
For me, this reminder -would be running just a little bit late.
Being along the path of life, the wide path, the rocky freeway. Zooming for a while...joyfully. Knowing our next exit, watching for stray traffic and lane changers, texters, drunks ...but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.
Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.
Paul told us to be pleased with a quiet life. For a man chased from town to town - this is an interesting observation! (You have to love the Word of God for the honesty!)
Much will be required...
Jesus asked us to consider if we were prepared for a thief TO SURPRISE THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS OUT OF US. SCARED!
The Scriptures are very real. Jesus is telling us what the Bible tells us the Day of the Lord will happen to us.
Wail, for the day of the Lord is near;
as destruction from the Almighty it will come!
You have not gone up into the breaches, or built up a wall for the house of Israel, that it might stand in battle in the day of the Lord.
Alas for the day!
bFor the day of the Lord is near,
and as destruction from the Almighty it comes.
Pat Benatar said - you better run, you better hide - yet, we all have an invitation to leave the Planet.
Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes.
Jesus our Mediator will make sure He will unite all things to HIM in the fulness of His Time.
Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and seated on the cloud one like a son of man, with a golden crown on his head, and a sharp sickle in his hand. 15 And another angel came out of the temple, calling with a loud voice to him who sat on the cloud
The wall was built of jasper, while the city was pure gold, clear as glass.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.
Lord Jesus, you have captured my heart and it is yours. Help me to me strong in faith, steadfast in hope, and generous in love seeking to please You. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen