Vigilant Obedience

Luke 12:35-40:

Jesus said to his disciples: “Gird your loins and light your lamps and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival. Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself, have the servants recline at table, and proceed to wait on them. And should he come in the second or third watch and find them prepared in this way, blessed are those servants. Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour when the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”


Obedience isn’t a natural tendency for humans.  As infants, we were constantly putting things in our mouths – some of which were not good to be put into our mouths.  Much to our Parents’ dismay and disapproval, as infants and toddlers, we still continued to put things into our mouths.  As children, we were constantly disobeying our Parents requests – from making our beds to doing our homework and/or chores to turning off the electronics to eating too much junk food and so on.  As teenagers, we were constantly trying things our own way – again to the dismay of our Parents.  Even as adults, we continue to try our Parents’ patience, love, and will.  I suppose it has always been and will always be this way.  God doesn’t expect perfection from us.  As our Creator, He knows that He created imperfect beings who would make many mistakes.  But God does want us to grow over the course of our lifetimes in the Fruits of His Holy Spirit into the Heavenly Beings that He predestinated us to become.  It’s the vigilance to try and try and try again – even after failure after failure after failure – that is most important.  Jesus’ fell three times carrying His Cross to Calvary – but He vigilantly and obediently got up each and every time in a Spirit of Love for each and every one of us.  So, even when we know that we’re disappointing our Heavenly Father time and time again, we must take on a vigilant obedience as we learn and grow from our mistakes.  For it’s through our failures that we will find the Grace that Jesus died for.

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