I didn’t know you’d be visiting!

This week’s themes are faith and preparedness.  Each of the 3 readings cause us to question and affirm our belief and faith in God and use that faith as the focal point of our life.

“Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen. Because of it the ancients were well attested”, is a line from one of Paul’s Letters to the Hebrews (11:1-2, 8-19).  Paul goes on to talk about the tremendous faith shown by Abraham. Abraham believed that he and Sarah would have a child even though they were very old and Sarah was sterile. Abraham believed in God. He had faith in God’s word.

Abraham’s faith was so strong that he was willing to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, upon God’s request. Abraham knew that God was so powerful that he could bring Isaac back from the dead to fulfill God’s promise that, “Through Isaac descendants shall bear your name.”  Thankfully, it was only a test of Abraham’s faith.  How is God testing your faith?

Is our faith that strong? Do I have faith or do I have FAITH?

In Luke’s gospel (Luke 12: 32-48) Jesus tells us to “not be afraid” and to have faith in what really matters. If we believe Jesus, we should be afraid of nothing. We know that He is the Shepherd who loves and takes care of each of his sheep.

Jesus goes on to say, “For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.” That one line causes us to ponder, “who or what do I treasure?”

Clothing wears out. Cars get old and rusty. We get laid-off and fired from jobs. Real Estate values fluctuate.  High technology becomes obsolete within a few years. People frequently disappoint.  Jesus says, “Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy.”  He’s clearly telling us who and what to treasure – God.  What is the ultimate long-term goal?  Heaven.  Our security lies in the goodness of God.  We can not find security anywhere else or in anyone else. The investment that we make in God can be stolen by no one and only appreciates in value!

Jesus is also reminding us this week to be prepared.  As humans, do we tend to be proactive or reactive?  When do we decide to exercise?  After the heart attack. When do we decide to repair a marriage? For too many of us, it’s when the other person leaves or threatens to do so. When do we decide to step-up our performance at work?  After we’ve been let-go. Too many of us tend to be reactive in almost every aspect of our life.

When are we going to make God a priority in our life?  When will we be 100% prepared to welcome our guest?

You know that excited feeling of preparedness when a child is returning from college or a loved family member or close friend is coming to visit?  We prepare their guest rooms.  We buy special foods. We spend lots of time cooking and cleaning. Why?  We’re looking forward to the return of someone we love.

Someone else that we know and love is coming to visit, but has chosen not to be real specific on the arrival date or time. Can you think of a better guest?  If that guest were coming tonight, what would you be doing today?  Are you prepared?

Jesus has told us that he’s coming back and he’s giving us notice that he’ll be in our neighborhood soon so, please prepare a room in your mind, heart and soul.

Many of us are waiting to become better people – better Christians. 

I’ll be more loving tomorrow.

I’ll begin serving others soon.

I’ll talk to, listen to and give God attention in the very near future.

I’ll begin treating people in a Christ-like manner starting next week.

Many of us are surprised and unprepared by the announcement of an organizational change that results in the elimination of our job, or the word from a doctor that our lifestyle has to change, or the notice from a spouse that the relationship is damaged. With Jesus there are no surprises. He’s told us that He’s  coming back and asked us to be prepared.   It’s hard for us to say, “I was unaware that you were coming!” 

Today is the day to love, to be patient, to pray, to serve.

Today is the day to be excited and  prepared to welcome the invited guest who is the focal point of our life.

Have faith, love each other and be ready for His return.  Life is simple.

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  2. Valdeyde Says:

    Hmmmm a intresting one. I would like to be able to say I would leave it all wiohtut hesitation ..but . If I honest I would find it hard to leave the beauytifull area I live in and would not be able to leave my son or husband behind. Does this make me a lesser Christian I don’t know. Maybe????

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