“Dad, if your family never came, our house would fall apart.” That’s what my kids used to say about the busy two or three days of repairing, decorating, tidying, and cleaning just before my family would visit us from the UK. It would be all-hands-on-deck for a couple of crazy days and we usually just finished getting the house ready the second before they arrived.
My kids were probably right. Without the expectation of visitors arriving, we would have just kept putting off the work. Knowing my relatives would show up in a day or two got us motivated and moving. In Luke 12:35-48, Jesus appeals to that motivation to move us to get ready for his arrival at the end of time by providing two answers to the question: Why should we get ready for the end?