“Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning…”
– Luke 12:35
As a Christian, you are to be ready at all times and living in expectancy of the Lord’s return. In Jesus’ parable, the master is the groom. The emphasis is on being a servant while waiting for the master to return. Master means Lord, a person with absolute ownership and authority over another person. And, if Jesus is your Lord, obedience is expected.
To “gird up your waist” literally means to be dressed in readiness. When labor was to be done or running was anticipated, outer garments and robes were tucked into sashes around the waist so that it would not impede progress. Jesus’ example was used to exhort His disciples to be dressed in readiness to accomplish a mission with a burning lamp of testimony. The message of the Cross is to burn within your heart and that light used for others to see.
As you wait in anticipation of the Lord’s return, not knowing the time or hour, you are to be waiting in readiness. You are to maintain the testimony of Christ that has been given, keeping the fire lit. That testimony should be ready to share anytime the Lord opens the door of opportunity for you. Just as a servant was waiting for the master, as a Christian, you must be ready to go to work at any time. Gird up and be prepared to work and run when called upon!
“…in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.”
– 2 Timothy 2:20-21