Luke 12:35-4835 “Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, 36 and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks.
37 Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them. 38 If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants!
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.
It's hard to fine the balance. The balance is why Joshua kept on for 40 years.
God named His Son - Yeshua.
God is for perseverance. In dire circumstance and in routine.
We say too much. Pushed aside.
We are thrust out of the inner group. We are suckered in. Made much of. Rejoiced in and relied upon.
We are used. Respected. Why not stay home - with all comfort and ease - safety?
Traveling when home is loved.
We are in circumstance wildly beyond expectation. In a slow lane of regular old, rut.
We are in endurance. We are thriving. We are in joyful expectation.
Told to be bold. Told to hush.
Why not quit when no one is pleased?
Because. Usually Someone is pleased! When you want to please God.
The goal is not applause. God is pleased and pleased more completely.
Pleasing God is putting the steam in your soul to go forth.
Just like the beginning of Jesus Christ's Church. For four centuries. Evil days happen. It is our godly desire not to fall away and fall back away from doing the Call of God.
Usually when someone will speak up to put you down - you did something.
Something worth while. Even Winston Churchill said so. Scripture can be difficult. Life can be difficult.
Few people comment on the outrageous aspects of their lives.
Some days are difficult. Really difficult.
Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home.
We are Loved Cherished Believed Strong
Children of God.
That is what is important.
Each of us is unique, important and special to God. And in life, the just and the unjust get rained on and sunny days. We get to decide we are living a life worthwhile. We can focus on the stain on our shirt or on the immeasurable grace Jesus gives us daily. God will listen. Love. And Care. Always.
Father God, thank You for giving us the ability to see real care. And the drive in the Holy Spirit to endure with hope - tough times. The gratitude of good circumstance. In Jesus we find the joy of each day, the sufficiency and the ability to complain in moderation and rejoice in optimism. We lift up our lives to you and the ones we love - to be the people You are pleased to dwell and live with.
Bless the people of Charleston. During the healing - in the faith knowing the cost can be great. And Jesus' Words remind us - this present sufferings will not compare to the Glory Jesus has gone ahead to prepare for us.
In expectation, we will hear again from the surviving mother who will speak of Jesus being put forth and knowing her acceptance - Jesus has made a path for her beloved prayer group and for the believers in this life.
This generation rarely knows the pain of a child that goes Home first. Allowing the surviving and grieving mother several years to recover - is needed. To be gracious to the families and survivor and allow real emotions - is a path of God. Father God - help us to be sensitive to the needs of others. Thank You Father God for the bravery of people who have counted the cost - and go forth in Jesus for millenniums. Jesus is always needed. Amen.
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