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.
We are called to wait, but our waiting is not passive. In waiting for Christ and the coming of His Kingdom, we are called to be a light. He does not ask us to go to sleep or wait in darkness but rather to wait with action.
We are called to keep our lamps burning. Lamps are lit with faith and kept alight with oil—this oil is the Holy Spirit. Our daily reliance on His Spirit, not our flesh, will keep the light of God alive in us. It is His Holy Spirit that keeps us burning with love, forgiveness, mercy, grace and justice. He has called us to good works that shine a bright light for others to find their way to Jesus.
Jesus encourages His disciples to be dressed and ready—no matter how many days they are here on earth or how long they wait for the coming of Christ, and then He adds to the parable that we ought to keep our lamps burning. The disciples would have recalled the sermon on the mount where Jesus cited that we are the light of the world. Every human has the potential in Christ to be a light. Faith in Christ keeps the light shining bright.
Jesus implored His disciples that this waiting is different to the world’s waiting, which is passive. Our waiting is active. Let’s take action today. Let’s not hide our light but shine brightly for those looking for a way home.
A human fully alive is a human shining bright with the love of Christ.
// Pastor Josh Kelsey