Scripture: Luke 12:35
“Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning”
Those are the words of the Lord Jesus to His servants in the last days before His return. A servant whose waist is girded is a servant who is always ready to serve his master, while a servant whose lamp is burning lamp is a servant who always has light to keep him awake, to keep him from falling asleep (Luke 12:37).
How can we keep our waist girded as the Lord’s servants? How can we always be ready to serve the Lord? Our waist is girded by a belt. Belt is related to truth (Eph. 6:14). The truth of God’s word girds up our mind so that it will not easily fall into thoughts of men. The Lord Jesus said to His Father, “Your word is truth.” (John 17:17) The apostle Peter wrote, “Therefore gird up the loins of your mind.” (1 Pet. 1:13) So, to always be ready to serve God our mind must always be girded by the truth of God’s word. For this to happen, we must constantly listen to God’s word.
How can we keep our lamps burning? How can we always be spiritually watchful and do not fall asleep? The lamp represents God’s word that enters our heart. The psalmist wrote, “The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.” (Ps. 119: 130) God’s word that only enters our mind but does not enter our heart will not give light. So, to always be spiritually watchful and do not fall asleep, our heart must always receive God’s word. For this to happen, we must constantly meditate on God’s word.