“Be Prepared” Luke 12:32-40
We’d all like to be able to follow the Boy Scout motto and “be prepared” for any circumstance. Jesus told us to be prepared much earlier than the Boy Scouts, even. In this scripture in our series “Journeys through Luke”, Jesus says: "But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour." But what does preparedness actually look like for us today?
It may not be the same kind of “Swiss Army knife readiness” that we associate with the Scouts, or the well-supplied bunkers of the apocalypse-prepared folks. It may be that our preparation has very little to do with things, and much more to do with our faith life.
Fred Craddock writes: “Of course, the householder cannot stay awake all the time…. But readiness is possible, for it consists of continuing faithfulness at one’s duties” (Craddock, Interpretation, 165).
Preacher Randy Hyde echoes this message: “I am becoming more and more convinced that the dimmer our vision is of the kingdom of God, and the more mundane our idea of heaven, the more we try to get out of our faith and the less we give to it. And the less we give to our faith, the more entrenched we become to this world. And the more entrenched we become here, the more spiritually bloated and sluggish we find ourselves. One day, the time will come when we are claimed by Christ. Will we be ready when he comes?”
In our congregation, we’d like to know that our roof and pipes are always in a state of readiness for whatever major storm comes our way. We’d like to have “plan B’s” in place with the knowledge that there will be things that we cannot have predicted. But in the end, we know that our ability to be God’s church is not dependent on those things. Our ability to be God’s church is not dependent on the “treasures” of building and money in the bank. Our ability to be God’s church depends on our spiritual preparedness.
Devote time to prayer and study daily. Intentionally look for ways to help those around you. Develop a spirit of gratitude and praise. In other words, be prepared!