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. (Luke 12:35-38)
One blessing of the coronavirus is that fewer children are hospitalized. As a result my son’s girlfriend, a pediatric nurse, is scheduled for a combo of both days and nights. When she’s used to sleeping during the day, she must change and sleep at night. When she’s dressed for working nights, the hospital often calls and says she’s not needed. She faces a lonely night at home. She never complains and is always ready, devoted, and happy to serve. Because she’s a faithful servant, her children serve her also. They throw joy right back at her.
She’s an example of the servant God wants us to be, ready for action day or night, whenever the Holy Spirit knocks. When Jesus left earth, he sent the Holy Spirit to be with us. The Holy Spirit is our master. When we’re ready, the Holy Spirit dresses to serve and attends to us, equipping us with spiritual gifts and pumping us with power.
We best serve God when we’re prepared. With the gifts and power of the Holy Spirit, we make a huge difference and glorify God.
Dearest Heavenly Father, I’m dressed, waiting, and ready to serve. Please call on me. Let me recline at Your table and receive the gifts and power of Your Holy Spirit. In Christ’s name I pray. Amen