July 25, 2014
Get Ready to Celebrate ~ Martin B. Copenhaver
Keep awake – for you do not know when the master of the house will come. From Mark 13:32-37
In this passage Jesus says that we are to live as if he will return any time. He says that we are to act as if we are servant who do not know the exact moment when the master will come home. So we are to keep alert and be ready, treating each moment as if he is about to walk through the door.
When I was a teenager and my parent left me on my own while they took a trip out of town, sometimes they would be coy about the time of their return. They wanted to keep me wondering when they would be back so that I wouldn’t get into mischief while they were way. Is that something like what Jesus is saying here?
Well, perhaps, in part. Jesus does not expect us to live in an upright manner. But, in the end, preparing for his return also mean being ready to celebrate. When our children were young, we always, kept party hats and noisemakers in our dining room because we never knew when the events of the day would be cause of celebration. Birthdays one can prepare for, but other kinds of celebrations require a more constant preparedness. And when Jesus shows up in a big and small ways in our lives it is cause for great celebration. Will you remember where you have put your party hat and noisemaker? Will you be prepared to whoop it up?
PRAYER: Jesus, help me to prepare for your appearance in our world and in my life with a heart that is tuned for joy. Amen
Taken from the United Church of Christ devotional, God Is Still Speaking: 365 Daily Devotionals, ed. Christina Villa (Cleveland: The Pilgrim Press, 2013), 220.