Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Be Prepared

So stay awak and be prepared, because you do not know the day or hour of my return.  (Matthew 25:12 NLT).

   The first thing I learned after joning the Boy Scouts was their motto -- "Be Prepared."  The motto has a twofold meaning: (1) be prepared in mind by disciplining yourself to be obedient to every order and (2) be prepared in body by making yourself strong and active.  This same philosophy was drilled into me while serving in the military.  I have vivid memories of the physical and mental training supervised by overbearing drill sergeants.

   I am reminded of David's flight through the wilderness as King Saul sought his life.  He had to be physically strong and mentally alert for the slightest danger.  He had at his right hand 600 strong, courageous, loyal men who were willing to lay down their lives for their future king.

   Believers are instructed to be prepared for the soon return of the Prince of Peace.  This requires vigilance, alterness, and steadfastness in maintaining a living relationship with the Savior.

   Preparing ourselves to be physically strong and mentally alert is profitable, but as Paul says to young Timothy, "Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come."  (1 Timothy 4:8 NLT).

   Are you are preparing for the soon return of our Lord?  Would Jesus receive a warm welcome if he were to knock on your door today?  Paul says, "in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, ....we will be changed.  Let's "Be Prepared."

Thought for the Day: God is preparing hearts for the coming Prince of Peace.


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