devotional post # 1,984
Luk 12:37 Blessed are those slaves whom their master finds alert when he returns! I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, have them take their place at the table, and will come and wait on them!
Luk 12:38 Even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night and finds them alert, blessed are those slaves!
Luk 12:39 But understand 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.
Luk 12:40 You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”
In Jesus’ analogies, it is the slave who stays working and alert in spite of his master’s absence who wins the favour of the master. It is the houseowner who protects his property even when things were quiet and no thief was lurking about who stays safe. The second coming will be a surprise. All those know-it-all prophecy types will be just as surprised when Jesus bursts through the clouds. The only insurance we have against the surprise is to keep loyal to our master through the long dark night.
LORD, build us into faithful servants.