Are You Ready?

I remember as a teenager running to the bus stop in the mornings to get the bus. There were some mornings I would lag around the house and wait until the last second to run to the bus stop to catch the bus. Many mornings of doing this would cost me because I would have to pay to catch the public bus to school, and then I would miss my first period class because of my tardiness. The mornings I allotted myself time to get prepared, I would always be at the bus stop waiting on the bus to come and take me to school.

Matthew 24:44 says, “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” The word ready means, “completely prepared or in fit condition for immediate action or use” (dictionary.com 2015). The call to be ready has been played throughout the ages for the people of God. Many people are being left behind because they refuse to prepare themselves for the Master’s use.

There were some mornings I would see the bus at the stop, and if I was always dragging to the bus stop, the bus driver would leave me. I would be inhaling bus fumes as they went down the road. Many of us today are like kids trying to catch the bus at the last minute. We think the bus is going to be waiting for us because we believe we are someone special, but Jesus is passing through and He waits for no man. He expects us to be at the appointed place, at the appointed time waiting on His arrival.

In Matthew 25, there were 5 virgins who failed to make themselves ready for the coming of the bridegroom. Because they played around with what they had, and thought they had time to prepare, the door was shut on them when it was time for them to enter for the wedding. Many of us believe we have time to get ourselves ready for the coming of the Lord. I am not talking about the day when He returns in the sky, but what about that day when He is ready for us to serve Him, and we’re not prepared in our heart to receive Him? What about when we have made it to the point where we are about to pass into the other life, and we have not prepared ourselves to meet Him?

We must begin to make ourselves ready to be used for Christ’s Glory. We make ourselves ready by:

  1. Confessing our sins to the Lord Jesus Christ, and accepting Him into our heart. Romans 10:9-10
  2. Allowing Christ to prepare us to be suitable for His will. 2 Timothy 2:19-21
  3. Submitting ourselves to His will through obedience. Isaiah 1:19
  4. Pray constantly. Luke 18:1
  5. Walk in love. John 13:35

Not being ready can cost you dearly. I missed a lot of information by not making the bus on time, and by doing so, I had a lot of make up work to do in my first period class. I also lost a lot of money because I was not prepared. Being prepared gets you to your destination on time, and it doesn’t cost you anything to be prepared. When you make the time to make it to a certain place at a certain time, it shows you are ready to make it to your destination that has been appointed for you.

Don’t let the bus of salvation pass you by because you may not have the opportunity to catch another ride to get you to your destination. So my prayer is that you get busy preparing yourself for Christ’s return because no man knows the hour of His return.

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5 thoughts on “Are You Ready?

  1. Thanks for that, Janice. Although the closest I’ve come to public transportation is a ride on the Universal Studio’s tram, I fully relate to your message regarding preparation. Indeed, Jesus wants to accomplish so much more in and through us, but we rarely acknowledge His presence and consequently He too often passes us by. This is not His will; in fact it grieves Him, as is indicated in the following passage.

    “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!” Mt. 23:37.

    Another area in which a more disciplined desire towards preparation should be addressed is in the regular deliverance of our personal testimony.

    “. . . always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you . . “1Pt. 3:15.

    Peace and Grace!

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  2. Tosha,

    Thank you for the excellent/beautiful and true word this morning, we are so blessed to have such a gifted member of our immediate family. “I can do all things through (him) Christ who gives me Strength” Philip. 4:13 (NIV)

    So, Tosha keep up the great work that you are doing for Christ to reach his people. Because you NEVER know, who you will touch through Christ. Because, one day the least expected person just may be there at the right place and at the right time to catch the BUS!!!!  J

     

    Love you all,

    Charlene

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