Keep Your Lamp Burning!

Keep Your Lamp Burning!

[Luke 12:35-48 NLT]

[35] “Be dressed for service and keep your lamps burning, [36] as though you were waiting for your master to return from the wedding feast. Then you will be ready to open the door and let him in the moment he arrives and knocks. [37] The servants who are ready and waiting for his return will be rewarded. I tell you the truth, he himself will seat them, put on an apron, and serve them as they sit and eat! [38] He may come in the middle of the night or just before dawn. But whenever he comes, he will reward the servants who are ready. [39] “Understand this: If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would not permit his house to be broken into. [40] You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.” [41] Peter asked, “Lord, is that illustration just for us or for everyone?” [42] And the Lord replied, “A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them. [43] If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward. [44] I tell you the truth, the master will put that servant in charge of all he owns. [45] But what if the servant thinks, ‘My master won’t be back for a while,’ and he begins beating the other servants, partying, and getting drunk? [46] The master will return unannounced and unexpected, and he will cut the servant in pieces and banish him with the unfaithful. [47] “And a servant who knows what the master wants, but isn’t prepared and doesn’t carry out those instructions, will be severely punished. [48] But someone who does not know, and then does something wrong, will be punished only lightly. When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.”

Recently in the State of Washington and generally in the United States, laws were passed that are an abomination to God and His Word. If I have offended you with my first sentence, then I caution you as you continue to read. Please understand that it is not my intention to offend anyone… only to speak what is true. If the truth offends you, please take some time to pray and seek God’s Word for yourself.

When these new laws passed, I was outraged as were many other believers. However, today I stand corrected. You see… outrage is our natural inclination, but it should not stop there. Our outrage needs to lead to genuine grieving for the state of this world and then a realization that all that is happening around us is truly a sign of the times that are upon us.

As Christians (believers in Our Lord Jesus Christ who identify with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the saving of our sins who choose to daily die to themselves so that they can obey the Word of God in its entirety), it is our complete responsibility to know the Word of God and all that it has for us. Luke 12 above, speaks of the servant that is awaiting the return of his Master. In this passage, we see a servant that is actively waiting and watching. Have you ever watched for someone at the window? There is not much else that you can do when you are watching at the window right? A real watchman… Today, we can liken that job to one of a security guard or a guard at the gate whose only responsibility is to wait and watch for people who come to the gate.

We are called to wait and watch (Ezekiel 3:17-21) for Him and His return. We are called as in v35 to keep our lamps burning so that we can see His Coming and open the door for Him. Our lamps that illuminate our paths and us is defined in Psalms 119:105. Your WORD is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path”. Unless we are reading our bibles, we will have NO IDEA of what is going on around us.

Let me illustrate this point with this. When one converts to Judaism or Islam or Mormonism etc. There is a period of required study to fulfill the conversion. Therefore, the conversion process allows a person to be fully committed to the religion and start practicing the facets of the religion. However, when one comes into the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ… the one and only Living God, there is a careless nonchalant attitude toward our conversion. For most it stops at the act of receiving salvation and then is supplemented with periodic visits with the Bible, peppered with sermons and books (not the Bible). 1 John 1:1 says, In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. If we don’t understand, absorb, read and consume His word daily then what is the basis of our relationship with God?

Is it any wonder that Christianity has become a joke among many? Even pastors do not know what they are doing anymore. Immorality, extortion, pride is abundant in churches and there is no longer a standard of holiness that anyone can follow.

In fact, we are so confused right now. Most Christians do not even believe that the word of God is true in its entirety. Chapters and books in the Bible are written off as being ‘meant for the old testament times. Therefore, leaving the entire Word of God open of interpretation… everyone’s individual interpretation. See how messed up we are! A quote I hear again and again is, “Only 10% of professing Christians actually read their Bible”. It is no wonder we are so confused.

Let us continue thru this reading with Luke 12:37-38 that speaks of the servant who is ready and waiting His return. So ready in fact, he opens the door for Him. This is the servant who has not taken his eyes off the Lord, pouring through His word so that he would know when The Lord was returning. It is with this servant that He will enter and allow to sit at the Lords table and be served (Revelations 19:7-10).

Then we see in v42-48 where the warning is for teachers and leaders. There has been a sinful fallacy taught in churches over the last couple of decades that has lifted the leaders and pastors up to a level that is higher than the congregation. That is not only sinful but is also considered witchcraft (1 Sam 15:23). Be aware leaders… you are a servant of God.. no one is your servant.  [James 3:1, Eze 34, Matt 15:14]

Know this… If you still have breath in you, it is not too late. If your seed has become choked with the cares of this world and is now unfruitful (Matt 13:22), then repent and turn back to God. Examining our lives daily to ensure that we have not become complacent (Prov 1:32-33, Zephaniah 1:12) or lukewarm (Rev 3:15-16).