the Time - Part 1
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V.35 ** We don't get very far into this verse before we learn the first
profound truth in Scripture relative to redeeming the time. Do you see
1) "Be dressed in readiness..." Lit. "Let
your loins be girded", Jesus is saying that we are going to have
to be ready for the battle. When one was about to be challenged with
a life threatening
situation, he would take the long tunic from down around his ankles
and draw it up about his waste to help his legs to be free to support
him and move him as became necessary. Jesus was telling His followers
to be ready, for whatever might come!
** What really dresses us in readiness? What clothing is it that the
Christian is wearing, which makes him or her ready to meet their returning
The clothing of His righteousness.
All see - Romans13:13-14, Ephesians 4:20-24 and Galatians 3:27
** Now back in Luke 12, what do we do once we are ready in our righteous
Let our light shine or "keep your lamps alight". This parable
works in concert with our Lord's literal teaching in Matthew 5:16.
V.36 ** Alright if we want to redeem the time we must first be
ready with a life that reflects the righteousness of Jesus Christ to the
world around us. Secondly, what are we doing?
2) We are waiting!!! "Be like men waiting for their master..."
** What do you notice about who these men are waiting for?
This is personal, it is "their" master for whom they wait.
** What will happen the moment their master knocks on the door?
They will "immediately open the door to him". How often do
you get a surprise knock at the door and then scramble to pick up the
living room before you open it? Our life, if it is going to redeem the
time, must be waiting for and anticipating the return of our Lord.
cf. 2Peter 3:11-12, 1John 3:2-3
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