A young couple has their first child. As they sit down to examine their new budget, which now includes diapers, baby food and new clothes every six months, they begin to think even farther ahead. One day the little darling will be in school and they wonder what kind of student they’ll be raising. But that thought leads them to the realization that college will also be on the horizon, a mere eighteen years away. So in their budget, they decide to put aside funds to prepare for the college education of their precious angel. They are living prospectively at this point. Living now with the events of the future in view.
We’re going to be reading Luke 12:35-48 this Sunday. Jesus will be encouraging us, his followers, to live prospectively as well. Living now with the reality of the end in view. The church is apocalyptic by nature. We’ve invested a lot in life after life here, so it makes sense that this is a big subject for us. Jesus has some fairly somber warnings and quite radical encouragements for us all tied together in this section of ch 12.
The overall theme of these verses is that we as the church are supposed to be ready for the end. The end of the world? Sure, Jesus seems to have that in view, but I would say the end can also include our own, individual lives. Either Christ will return, or we will die…either way, we ALL are facing an end of time here. Jesus uses that fact to challenge us to consider how we are living right now. He warns us to be ready.
Some people not only try to live ready, they obsess about the end. Sometimes people feel more ready for the end if they can create elaborate charts that explain when the end will come. Others stockpile food, some hide in the woods. None of those things are things Jesus encourages in this passage though.
As you look at the examples he gives through the use of parable, what do you think living ready means in our everyday life? Knowing that is the key to actually being ready for the end.
Definitely stuff to think about, huh?