But the boy-scout motto is not original with them. It is a Biblical principle and should be ours as well. Be prepared, be dressed, always ready for service, ready to go at a moment’s notice, or ready to stay and work.
Jesus told the disciples: “‘Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.’ Peter asked, ‘Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everyone?’ The Lord answered, ‘Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns. Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But suppose the servant says to himself, “My master is taking a long time in coming,” and he then begins to beat the other servants, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk. The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers. The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.’” Luke 12:35-48
How can we be dressed?
How can we be ready?
First of all, we must clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ. We invite Him into our lives and He covers us with His righteousness. We put on the full armor of God, the helmet of salvation, the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the sword of the Spirit, and our feet are shod with the readiness given by the Gospel.
Serving is not something we do on a volunteer schedule. Rather, because it is God who equips us, we can be servants who are ready and prepared for the next assignment. We are never too young and never too old to be used in God’s Kingdom.
He’s coming. One of these days the Master is going to return and what will He find? Will we be diligently serving, or will we be frittering away our lives with the worries and cares of this world?