Stay Ready

Many of us want the reward that is offered to us in Christ Jesus but don’t want to live our lives in a way God has called us to live. We want the blessings God has to offer but not his discipline.

Matthew 24:45-51 says “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods. But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” NKJV

So how do we become a servant found doing the master’s will when the master returns?

To be found doing God’s will requires that we live our lives in a state of readiness completely aligned with the Holy Spirit. It’s an ongoing process and definitely not an easy one.

It requires letting go of our selfish wants and desires and putting God’s will above our own. Our heart’s posture needs to be aligned with the things of God. The parable discusses the servant saying in his heart that the master is delaying His coming, giving him a chance to act in a way that is against the desires of the Master. That servant’s heart is out of alignment with the Holy Spirit. Looking for opportunities to sin or relief from living a life in alignment with the Holy Spirit means we’re living life in our own strength and trying to make the outside of our lives look prepared for the return of our savior. It will be an exhausting journey that results in failure.

But if we seek God first and let God work on the inside of us to put us in alignment with him, being found living a life that glorifies God is inevitable because it becomes a lifestyle. You won’t need to look for opportunities to sin. There will be times when we fall into sin, but if the posture of our heart is aligned with the Father’s we will have repentant hearts and the Holy Spirit will work in us to become stronger. As we grow in our relationship with God it becomes easier to surrender and live the life we’re being called to live in the passage. If the servant loves doing his work, loves treating others well and enjoys living a life that glorifies his master, he will not be concerned with trying to get ready when the master comes because the servant lives a life that will always be ready for the master’s return.

There’s a quote I heard a few years ago that I still say to myself quite frequently –

“stay ready so you don’t have to get ready.”

That how we should live our lives. Stay ready by putting God first and living a life where our heart’s posture is in alignment with our Father’s.

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