– by Dave Quintana  

I will always remember waking early on Christmas mornings, eager to walk down the stairs to see what wonders lurked under the Christmas tree.  

And I can think of many a fishing outing sitting for hours on end, keenly attentive to the taught line, looking for the first indication that a fish was yielding to the temptation of the lovely bait I had skillfully placed before it.

And I remember those grueling neighborhood football games, poised as a linebacker, awaiting the proper moment to drill my enemy (I mean opponent) into the ground.  

Advent is a season of watching, of waiting, of meditating on what it means for us as Christians to be prepared. If the Lord is in fact coming again, well then let me humbly suggest we best be prepared. Scripture exhorts us in many places to be alert, to not fall asleep, to not be caught “left out”.  

Are you ready for the Lord’s return? If he were to come again would he find you asleep? Or perhaps nodding off? Or just a good bit drowsy? Are you watching and waiting, expectant of his imminent return?  

“Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 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 hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 24:45-51 NIV

Dave Quintana is the presiding elder of the Servants of the Word, a missionary brotherhood of men living single for the Lord. Taken from Daily Meds from the Q Source. Used with permission