Reading: Luke 12:35
Jesus instructs the disciples to sell their possessions and to give to the poor. He does so because when we trust Him and follow the call to love others, then we store up treasures in our hearts and in heaven. These treasures are treasures that cannot ever be taken. The feeling of helping another in need out of the love of Christ is a treasure we will always have. In addition, doing so places our focus on heaven and on our relationship with God.
Jesus goes on to say that we must always be dressed and ready for service. He is speaking of both our spiritual and physical readiness. We stay spiritually ready by staying connected to God. By spending time daily with God we keep our focus on the things of God. This helps us to see as God sees, to feel as God feels, and to love as God loves. We must also be physically ready. This means we structure our priorities, our resources, our time in such a way that we can meet a need when God brings it before us. It means we are always ready to give of our time, talents, gifts, and service when God places an opportunity before us.
The third area Jesus addresses in this passage is to keep our lamps burning. There are two meanings or implications to this. First, the light shines on our own path. The light of Christ leads us on our own faith journey. The Holy Spirit also leads and guided us in the living out of our faith. The light allows us to keep on our journey of faith and to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ. The second implication is for others. When the light of Christ shines out from us, it helps others to see Him and to sense Christ calling out to them. We are called to bring Christ to others by being His hands and feet so that “they might see your good works and give glory to God”. The light draws others to Christ.
This day may we be willing to offer of ourselves and our things. This day may we be ready to meet the needs of all God brings before us. This day may our light shine into the darkness. May this day be the beginning of unending Service to our King.