Sharables Lesson 14 – “Ready or Not…”
Dr. Randy T. Johnson | Growth Pastor
“Ready or not, here I come.” Do you remember playing hide-n-seek? I love watching children play this game. You start by counting to whatever number and then scream out that key phrase of warning. There are classic stories of hiding places, but the best is the child who still lives under the assumption that if I cannot see you, then you cannot see me. It is precious. I must confess I had played the game with my own children when I needed a break. Let’s say I counted to something like 5,000 and then casually took a walk. Oh yeah, I did say, “Ready or not, here I come.”
Luke 12:35-40 gives another parable on being ready for the return of the Lord. “Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them. If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants! But know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
We need to be dressed ready for His surprise arrival. In this parable the man is dressed for service. Being clothed in righteousness is a common theme in Scripture.
Revelation 3:4 says, “Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who have not soiled their garments, and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy.” By saying some have not soilded their garments implies many have. We need to have a walk symbolized as pure white.
If our garments are soiled, we need to ask forgiveness. Zechariah 3:4 says, “And the angel said to those who were standing before him, ‘Remove the filthy garments from him.’ And to him he said, ‘Behold, I have taken your iniquity away from you, and I will clothe you with pure vestments.’”
As Jesus said to the woman caught in adultery, “Go and sin no more.” We are forgiven and God has removed our filthy garments and dressed us in purity.
Isaiah 61:10 continues the thought, “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” Again, we have a robe of righteousness. We need to be holy for He is holy. Our walk matters. It is part of being ready.
Job 29:14 says, “I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; my justice was like a robe and a turban.”
Jesus warned, “Ready or not, here I come.” He is on His way. We need to be clothed with the garments of salvation along with the robe of righteousness.