““Gird up your loins, and keep your lamps lit. 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.” Luke 12:35-36 LSB https://bible.com/bible/3345/luk.12.35-36.LSB
The Lord Jesus is recorded in this chapter, defining the disciple’s life. The crescendo of His teaching can be summarized to His disciples as live like men! The need of our current hour is the same as the day He made this teaching known to His disciples. We need men of God who will do the work of God regardless of the cost to themselves. Jesus exhorts us first to have courage. Trouble accompanies the man of God, for he shares the word of God, which convicts men of sin before God. Without conviction of sin, there can be no repentance. This is one of our problems today. Too many have prayed to receive Jesus as Savior without repenting from sin. Jesus has become an addition to their lives rather than the total of their lives. Sharing Jesus with men leads to persecution from men because they love darkness more than light, even among our own family. So much passivity among Christian men has resulted in our society ignoring God, resulting in greater persecution now of the man of God who stands for and shares the word of God. Sharing God’s word is only possible if a man is in the word of God daily, keeping his lamp lit. God’s word is the light unto our path, so daily intake of God’s word is required of God’s man. This discipline, too, is sorely lacking, further explaining why few men stand with Christ before men resulting in few men walking obediently to Christ. The man of God is busy serving God by focusing on God’s will, which is the salvation of all people. Everything the man of God does leads to people coming to know Jesus as Savior and walking in greater obedience to His commands. This is the Master’s business, the reason He left His church on earth to fulfill His mission. Blessed is the man the Master finds doing His will upon His return to claim His own.