Day 172 – Right Place, Right Thing
On: April 21, 2015   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” Peter asked, “Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everyone?” The Lord answered, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns. Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. Luke 12:39-44

Jesus switches his imagery with carefree abandon, jumping from wedding banquet to burglary to head butler. The theme, though, is the same: are we prepared? Are we doing what we’re meant to be doing so that, if the master returns here and now, we will be in the right place, doing the right thing?

We could leave it at that, but I think there is more goodness to be taken out of these verses that point us, practically, to how we can be prepared. The idea of a thief breaking in guides my thoughts to Paul’s image in Ephesians 6:11: “Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”

Regardless of whether we foresee a tricky day ahead, we should put on this armour each morning, so that we cannot be caught off guard, and the thief steal in and remove our peace.

Peace theft, in my experience, is one of the devil’s most trusted schemes. Even as I am writing this, on my way home for a well earned weekend rest, an email pings through on my iPhone that is highly irritating – if I will let it be!

Jesus’ picture of the faithful and wise manager is shared in the context of Peter’s question about the disciples. It may be taken, I would suggest, as directed at those in leadership. Vicars, and their equivalents, are clearly called to preach the Word, thus providing direct spiritual nourishment. What about those of us without a dog collar? We need to be caring for the welfare of those who look up to us. Not just delivering on our job description, but going that extra mile to better understanding what makes them tick and help them grow as people, not just employees. And this may include spiritual nourishment.

But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son but only the Father. Mark 13:32

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, there is so much to learn from You; not just Your words, but Your example. Help me be a more attentive student. Amen.

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