Stop Getting Ready
Matthew 24:42-44 KJV
(42) Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. (43) But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. (44) Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
Many preach the message of readiness, but they do so from a perspective that subtly differs from that of the scriptures: they talk about “getting ready.” Getting ready might seem to be a noble state of being, but it is necessarily one of incompleteness. One who is “getting ready” is, in fact, not quite ready as yet.
The reason that many have accepted this view of readiness, is that we have been taught that to claim to “be ready” would imply that we had attained perfection or were in need of doing nothing further. Well, that’s really not how readiness works. A month ago, we were preparing for the lovely Super-Storm Sandy that came barreling up the eastern coast of the US. We made sure we had food, fuel, water, and other supplies. We made our list and checked it twice, but we didn’t just sit around once we thought everything had been checked off. Instead, we looked around for things we might have missed.
In other words, while we *were ready* as opposed to merely *getting ready*, we continued to assess and evaluate to ensure that our readiness was not an illusion or somehow deficient. Certainly, we were more relaxed and less tense that we would have been had we been unprepared. We still didn’t know for sure how things were going to play out, but between preparation and prayer, we weren’t going to get stressed about it.
Spiritually, we need to take the same tack. God has outlined what readiness entails. We have counsel in Matthew 28:18-20, Revelation 14:6-12 and Revelation 18 pertaining to our work and our attitude. If the goodman of the house in Matthew 24 was “getting ready,” he still would have had his house broken into. He needed to be completely ready. Not complacent, but well prepared and actively watching/waiting.
Five of the virgins in Matthew 25 were ready, while the other five were getting ready.
1 Peter 4:7-8 KJV
(7) But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. (8) And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
Stop getting ready. Be Ready. Stay Ready.