Tuesday: 23rd October, 2018
Reference Text: Luke 12:35-38
Luke 12:35 Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;
When footballers play, they do so with a set of specific clothing and footwear. It isn’t a common thing to see these players dressed as though they had a soccer match all the time. The same applies to members of the armed forces: they are not seen always holding arms, nor are they always dressed for battle. However, they are ready to defend their nations when called upon.
The same logic ought to have been applicable to the Christian, with the chance to catch our breath and put off our ‘uniform’ sometimes- an opportunity to step out of character. Interestingly, this is not so. Jesus’ words suggest that we remain permanently dressed for service, and with our lamps always burning. We are also encouraged to make sure our lamps don’t go out because we can expect our guest to arrive at an unusual time in the day or night.
Sometimes, when God speaks, it seems He is only interested in making us take the hard road with associated tougher options. But that decision my dear, is because we could get into trouble along any other path. Many believers have been caught out in the cold because they dressed down for just a little while. Some were pierced by ‘darts’ thrown because they had dressed down. Even many more fall into ditches because their lamps run out of fuel, so there was no light to see where they thread.
Beloved, being a Christian is not a part-time job, it is a full-time role that comes with daily targets. Hence, unless we really want to stay committed, it will appear a very difficult road to follow. Nonetheless, that will not alter the existing criteria or related instruction: always remain dressed for service and keep your lamps burning.
Remember # as a Christian, you are always at post.