I’m taken with what the Apostle Paul says to young pastor Timothy– ‘be ready’. To not be ready is not an option in the Christian life. Too important–to be ready. And willing. Leave ‘not’ out of it! Commitment is called for. A nod of ‘yes’. No fence-straddling. No wishy-washy hemming and hawing. No ‘fair-weather’ believers need show up at the recruiting office of God’s forces.
The apostle says to ‘be ready’. I wonder what comes to mind? ‘Be ready’! I think of when I was a brand-new financial planner with American Express Financial Advisors. I had the best manager I could ever hope for. A delight to be with. Honest, caring, and understanding. Rare to find anywhere. He wanted to know how much money I wanted to make my first year. Really? It’s that easy? Is this a trick question? Pick a number out of thin air? Name it and it’s yours?
Well, no. Not really. Of course not. Based on the dollar number that I came up with as a goal, he could show me the activity required to generate that kind of income. How many phone calls I had to make each week. The number of appointments made, followed by the number of analyses of prospect’s needs and goals I had to make. Then, how many new clients I needed each week and how many investment dollars I would bring in to reach my own goals. In other words, I had to work hard and smart and, above all, honest.
Couldn’t get to the end result without lots of preparation and getting ready, i.e. work…work…work! The Apostle Paul says to be ready. Get going. Stop making excuses for yourself. Get into your Bible. Let God’s Word get into you. Bathe yourself in prayer. Not only ’emergency’ prayers, but praise and intercession and whatever comes to mind.
Visiting a Roman villa in England reminded us of all the time the Romans spent in bathing. Frigidarium, tepidarium, and caldarium were so well constructed and well used…at great effort and expense. As believers in Jesus Christ, bathe in Him. Bathe in His Word, the Bible. Time alone with your Lord and time with other believers. Sharing Him with those who need Jesus Christ more than they could ever imagine. Be prepared–whatever it takes, whatever the cost. ‘Be ready…’
Prayer: Dear Lord, make me ready for all you have in store for me today. I’m yours, Lord. Thank you for all the excitement of the days ahead…with You! In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.