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Tuesday 16 July
Be generous, be ready

 

Read Luke 12:27–40
‘Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes: truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them.’ (verse 37)

Generosity means hospitality! To receive an unexpected visitor in your home shows an attitude of welcoming. Generosity is extending grace! The ability to be ready to entertain when the situation is inappropriate is commendable. This viewpoint is also endorsed by Jesus’ story of the master who comes unexpectedly and finds his servant receptive of his visit. The servants are not only blessed for their patient endurance, they are also rewarded by the master who proceeds to serve them a meal, a fitting testimony of his affection for them in their devotion to him.

Wisely or foolishly, once I allowed a stranger to stay in the manse for three days, a Christian minister who found himself stranded in London from the Seychelles. My generosity and preparedness to entertain ‘angels unawares’ could have been costly, but no harm came to me. On reflection, did I only entertain him because he was a minister? Or was Jesus’ teaching that we must help the ‘least of his brothers’ the  compelling factor for my generosity? I would like to think it was a combination of both.

Jesus’ challenging words are about living our lives in the present in a way that is oriented to the future. When Jesus returns, will he find believers watching, waiting and ready for his return? Will we be ready to welcome Jesus, even if he comes as a stranger in need?

†  Lord, help me to be alert to your coming and enable me to be practical in my stewardship and discipleship. Amen.