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Properly Prepared

But if that evil servant says in his heart, 'My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 24:48-51 (NKJV)

I don’t know about you, but it seems as if I am always in the process of preparing for something.  It can be preparing for teaching, or simply taking a shower to prepare for my day’s activities. To be prepared simply means we are making ourselves ready, and it is a part of virtually everything we do. It only stands to reason, the greater degree of effort we give to being prepared for something, the greater chances we will have success, or at least be ready for what comes our way. 

Our being prepared is definitely God’s will, because He has many things for us to do.  What’s amazing to me, is even as we prepare ourselves for the things God wants us to do, we can know with absolute assurance He has actually already prepared these works beforehand that we should walk in them (Eph. 2:10).  There are many scriptures within our Bibles, telling us to be prepared; the greatest of these are about our being prepared for the return of Jesus.  

1 Thessalonians 4:13 & 16 tells us not to be ignorant about Jesus’ return—telling us He will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God.  While in Romans, believers are exhorted, “Now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.  The night is far spent, the day is at hand.  Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.  Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.  But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts” (Rom 13:11-14). 

Unfortunately, many Christians live as if Jesus were not coming in their lifetime, which is a bit interesting because Jesus clearly told His followers He is coming at an hour we would not expect (Matt. 24:44). We need to be prepared for our Savior’s return, believing it can be at any moment. This fact alone should cause us to take stock of what we are spending our time doing.  Are we sanctifying the Lord God in our hearts? Are we read to give a defense to everyone who asks us for a reason for the hope that is in us?

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 1 Peter 3:15 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained within this devotional, what can we learn about our being prepared?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you prepared to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to live as if Jesus were coming back in just a few minutes—be prepared. 

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Jesus, thank You for reminding me that You are coming back at any moment, and that I need to be prepared.  Help me to see the opportunity and need to share You with others.  I ask these things in Your precious name, amen…


Be blessed, Pastor Scott



Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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