My wife and I are preparing for a new adventure that involves leaving where we have lived for the last 17 years and where our children will remain. This morning I realized that we are basically a month away from starting this journey and also realized how much we still have to do to be ready. Pastor Andy Anderson wrote this about being spiritually ready:
We often have discussions about our future plans within faith. Are we ready for the Lord to return now, and are we ready if we should go to Him now. But what does it mean to be ready for this type of trip? Scripture tells us: “Be ready for service and have your lamps lit. You must be like people waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet so that when he comes and knocks, they can open the door for him at once. Those slaves the master will find alert when he comes will be blessed. I assure you: He will get ready, have them recline at the table, then come and serve them. If he comes in the middle of the night, or even near dawn, and finds them alert, those slaves are blessed.” Luke 12: 35-38 It’s one thing to be ready thinking, ‘All I have to do is throw something together, and I can do that last minute.’ It’s another thing to not have our spiritual lamps lit, not be on the lookout for the return of our Lord. I remember hearing the stories of some who were sure the Lord was going to return on a certain day. They sold all their belongings, and went to a certain mountainside and sat and waited. They might still be there. That may be a little “far out there” type of waiting, but what type of waiting should we be involved in? How are we to be ready?
Father, I pray that we (I) would always be mindful of You ahead of all else and that in the busyness of our lives we wouldn’t neglect being ready … watching … for your return!!!