Lessons from Luke

The more we live like Jesus, but more others who watch us will want what we received when we accepted Jesus!

Kingdom Readiness – Part I

Key Verse: Luke 12:38

He may come in the middle of the night or just before dawn. But whenever He comes, He will reward the servants who are ready”.

Additional Reading: Luke 12:35-48

Jesus wanted His followers to know what it will be like when He comes back to this earth to get those who have faithfully followed Him. He wants us to know that, first and foremost, we are to stay ready all the time.

Secondly, the reason we are to stay ready all the time is because no one knows when He will come again. Jesus did give some signs that will indicate that His coming is near. But no one can predict the exact timing of His coming. It is interesting how many people, over the years, have try to predict Jesus’ coming, despite the clear teachings of Jesus that nobody but the Father in heaven will know when He will come! (Matthew 24:36).

Spend your time preparing and staying ready for His coming rather than trying to predict when Jesus might come again.

The first step in being ready is to believe and accept Jesus as your Savior. Make sure that you have asked Jesus to come into your life and forgive you of all your sins. The Bible promises us that if anyone confesses their sins, Jesus will be faithful to forgive those sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness, (1 John 1:9). Our job is the ask Jesus in to our lives; it is His job to do the work of forgiving and cleansing.

After we have taken that first step, the second step is to learn how to stay ready. We read the Bible not to be saved but to learn what a “saved” person acts like. This will be a lifelong challenge. The Bible has a way of helping us grow into better Christ-followers every year of our lives if we are good students of the Bible.

The third step is making sure that we are putting into action all that we are learning in our Bible studies. Jesus doesn’t want us to be “eggheads”, being full of knowledge but lacking in practical living. As the Apostle Paul wrote: “Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear” (Philippians 2:12b).

Paul is not saying “work for your salvation”. He is saying, “work to show the results of your salvation”. This is a big difference! In other words, God can see what has happened in us, the moment we accepted Jesus as our savior. But He wants other people to see and desire that same work in them. That is accomplished by us putting what we learn into a lifestyle that people can see! The more we live like Jesus, but more others who watch us will want what we got when we received Jesus!

Father, I know you have forgiven me of my sins. Please help me to work hard on my outward behaviors and words, so others want my Jesus. In His Name, amen.

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