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On the Alert

March 5, 2019

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On the Alert

There are many different situations  that can put us  on the alert.     Knowing that vandals are  in the neighborhood — a bomb scare — tornado warnings — are all times  when it is only smart  to be  “on the alert”  and take the appropriate action.

We’re supposed to be  “on the alert” every day  of our lives  for our Savior’s return  to this earth.     It’s obvious  that most people don’t take Jesus’  command  to stay  “on the alert” seriously.     After all,  people have been waiting for Jesus’  return for around 2,000 years now.     What can we do  to be alert and ready?     In Luke 12:35-40,  Jesus explains,

Be dressed  in readiness,  and keep your lamps alight.     And be like men who are waiting  for their master  when he returns  from the wedding feast,  so that they may immediately  open the door to him  when he comes and knocks.

Blessed are those slaves  whom the master shall find  on the alert  when he comes;  truly I say to you,  that  he will gird himself  to serve,  and have them recline  at table,  and will come up  and wait on them.     Whether he comes in the second watch,  or even in the third,  and finds them so,  blessed are those slaves.

And be sure of this,  that if the head of the house  had known  at what hour the thief was coming,  he would not have allowed his house  to be broken into.     You too,  be ready;  for the Son of Man is coming  at an hour  that you do not expect.

To  “be dressed  in readiness”  is to have the righteousness  of Jesus Christ covering  all our sins.     There are many Bible verses that refer to us being dressed  in Jesus’ righteousness.     Isaiah 61:10  says it this way,

I will rejoice greatly  in the LORD,    
My soul will exult  in my God;    
For He  has clothed me  with  garments of salvation,    
He  has wrapped me  with a robe  of righteousness.

Because it is God Almighty  who  puts righteousness  on us,  we need to realize  that being righteous is all  a work of God.     We don’t have a  “robe of righteousness” that is good enough  to let us enter heaven.     All our  “good works”  of righteousness are like filthy rags.    (Isaiah 64:6)     That’s why we are so happy  to have the LORD clothe us  with Jesus’  righteousness.

Jesus also said we are  to  “keep your lamps alight”.     What sort of lamps  do we have  and what sort of light  do they give?     Jesus describes our lamps  in John 8:12,

I am  the Light  of the world;  he who follows Me  shall not walk  in the darkness,  but shall have  the light of life.

When we obediently  “keep your lamps alight”,  we are letting Jesus live  in our hearts and minds  to be our eternal  Light  and to shine  through our lives  to those around us.     The only way  we can possibly have  “the light of life” is  to accept the whole Bible  as the only true word  of God.     When we trust God’s word  in the Bible  and live according to it,  we  “shall not walk  in the darkness,  but shall have the light  of life.”

Holding onto every single truth  in the Bible  is keeping  “your lamps alight”.     With the Bible guiding our living,  we become lights  to the rest  of this dark world.

Finally,  Jesus commanded us  to “be like men  who are waiting  for their master”.     These waiting men  were not lazily snoozing  and doing nothing.     They were alert  and making everything in preparation  for their master’s return.     As God’s  “waiting men”,   we make preparations  for Jesus’  return  by sharing the gospel  and bringing others  to the knowledge  of the salvation  that is found  in Christ Jesus alone.

When we stay  “on the alert” as Jesus commanded,  upon His return,  He will bless us  as only He can.     Then our joy will be full  because we will know  that we have served Him well.

Alertly looking  for our Lord’s return,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for lighting up my life  with your salvation  and for dressing me  in Your perfect righteousness.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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