• When was the last unexpected visit you had from a relative or friend?
  • Were you ready?
  • What did you do when you saw them at the door?
  • What did you pick up first?
  • What were you wearing?
  • Did you run to the mirror?
  • Did you brush your teeth?
  • Men, did you smell your underarm?

Luke 12:35-48

35 “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning,
36 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

37 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

38 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.

39 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was
coming, he would not have let his house be broken into.

40 You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”
41 Peter asked, “Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everyone?”

42 The Lord answered, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master
puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time?

43 It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns.
44 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.

45 But suppose the servant says to himself, ‘My master is taking a long time in coming,’
and he then begins to beat the other servants, both men and women, and to eat and
drink and get drunk.

46 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers.

47 “The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do
what the master wants will be beaten with many blows.

48 But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.

Application questions:

  • What are you doing with your life to be prepared for Christ’s return?
  • Will He catch you sleeping and not looking?
  • Will He find you beating His people?
  • Will you have a meal prepared for Him and welcome Him in?
  • Will you welcome Him in and begin to introduce Him to those you are discipling?
  • What stories will you share about Your God delivered you from danager?

Sermon by Woody Johnson