Be Prepared and Watchful
“Vigilance and fidelity have been required of Christ’s followers in every age; but now that we are standing upon the very verge of the eternal world, holding the truths we do, having so great light, so important a work, we must double our diligence,” – Ellen G. White, Testimonies foe the Church, vol. 5, pp. 460, 461.
Read Luke 12:35-53 and summarize what these verse mean specifically to you, especially if you have been waiting a long time for the second coming of Jesus?
Christians cannot afford to be lax or lethargic. The context of His sure return, and the unknown hour thereof, should drive us to have our robes girded and our lamps trimmed and burning. The eschatological hope must be the driving force of our life and work, our readiness and faithfulness. It is this faithfulness to do His will on earth and readiness to meet Him in peace that distinguishes between good and evil servants.
Any neglect of faithfulness on the pretext that “My master is delaying his coming” (Luke 12:45, NKJV) is placing oneself under the severest from of God’s judgment (vss.45-48). The more the privilege the greater the responsibility, and hence, from those who are given much, much will be expected (vs. 48).
The ancient prophets’ judgment “Woe to you who are at ease in Zion” (Amos 6:1, NKJV) seems reflected in Christ’s warning that Christian discipleship is not a state of ease. Paul explains the Christian life as one of spiritual warfare (Eph. 6:12). The focal point is that every Christian is involved in the cosmic conflict between Christ and Satan, and the Cross draws a clear line between the two Only by continual faith in the Christ of the cross can one win the final victory.
“For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required: and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.”’ (Luke 12:48, NKJV). What should this text mean to us as Seventh-day Adventists?