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.

Luke 12:35-36

Jesus reveals to us, His followers, how we should live each day. First is for us to stay dressed for action. Another way of saying this in Jesus’ day is “to gird up our loins.” The garment for a man in this time would’ve had a hem that almost touched the ground, but if they were to run or do strenuous work requiring strength and agility, they would not leave their garment hanging. Instead, they would wrap it tightly around themselves so that they were not encumbered by it.

The call follow Christ is not a light-hearted one; it requires focus, moral strength, discipline, perseverance and faithfulness. Jesus is telling His disciples then, and His disciples today, that in order to bring His Kingdom and live for eternal things we will need to tighten up what might hold us back—to not be weighed down by materialism, trip over selfishness or be entangled by the temporary.

We all have areas in our lives that keep us back from the good works He has called us to. We see daily moments that need us to sprint with love, jump with mercy, hurdle with grace, but if we do not “gird up,” we may be held back by our lack of preparedness.

Praise God, we are saved by grace! But grace is not permission to ignore being dressed for action; it is in fact the empowerment to be ready to love radically and extend grace to others at a moment’s notice.

Are we ready for action? Are we ready to live fully devoted to Jesus? Let’s make the adjustments today so we don’t waste our lives stumbling over ourselves when we were made to run for His glory.

// Pastor Josh Kelsey