little stories…BIG TRUTH // Parable of the Homeowner and the Thief
[ECC Lead Pastor, Scott Moore, Covington Campus]
The Parable of the Homeowner and the Thief : Luke 12:39-40
“Understand this: If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would not permit his house to be broken into. You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.” (Luke 12:39, 40 NLT)
“However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows. (Matthew 24:36 NLT)
We weren't placed on this earth to prepare for a relaxing retirement. Instead, we should be preparing ourselves for retiring from this earth.
Live today as if Jesus is coming back tomorrow by:
Always being ready.
“Understand this: If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would not permit his house to be broken into. You also must be READY all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.” (Luke 12:39, 40 NLT)
- Place your faith in Jesus..then..
- Live faithfully each day awaiting His return.
“Be dressed for service and keep your lamps burning, as though you were waiting for your master to return from the wedding feast. Then you will be ready to open the door and let him in the moment he arrives and knocks. (Luke 12:35, 36 NLT)
Even while we were with you, we gave you this command: “Those unwilling to work will not get to eat.” Yet we hear that some of you are living idle lives, refusing to work and meddling in other people’s business. We command such people and urge them in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and work to earn their own living. As for the rest of you, dear brothers and sisters, never get tired of doing good. Take note of those who refuse to obey what we say in this letter. Stay away from them so they will be ashamed. Don’t think of them as enemies, but warn them as you would a brother or sister. (2 Thessalonians 3:10-15 NLT)
Always being focused.
But what if the servant thinks, ‘My master won’t be back for a while,’ and he begins beating the other servants, partying, and getting drunk? The master will return unannounced and unexpected, and he will cut the servant in pieces and banish him with the unfaithful. (Luke 12:45, 46 NLT)
When we lose focus on the fact that Jesus is coming back, sin becomes attractive. After we lose focus, we then lose control. And Jesus is pointing out that we will be disciplined sharply if we lose focus.
1. Use a Bible reading plan.
Church reading plan is at EastridgeFamily.org
The New Normal at TreyBailey.net
Shine Girls at ShineGirlsShine.com
2. Get/Stay in Biblical Community.
Join the church (411 Classes begin Aug11 on the Covington Campus)
Get in a Growth Group (sign ups begin Aug11)