READY OR NOT
November 21, 2010

 

   As I think of a favorite childhood game called “Hide and Seek” I cannot help but recall the clarion call “Here I come, ready or not”. As we continue our Spiritual journey down the road of life the call keeps ringing in my ear “Here I come, ready or not”. God keeps calling for us to be ready; are we listening to His call?

 

READY FOR THE FUTURE

 

   II Kings 20:1 A stark reminder for everyone is recorded in this one verse. Hezekiah was a good man and a good King but he never expected that his time would be up so soon, he was not ready to die.

   Matthew 24:41-44 The Lord Himself tells us to make sure we are ready to meet Him when He comes to snatch His bride away. To be saved is not enough. Have we prepared, have we been faithful.

   Matthew 25:1-10 The indication here is that the 'ten virgins' lived together, they were like family. However, only five were taken and five were left. Why were the five left? Were they told by the others?

   Romans 14:10 Probably the most sobering thoughts a Christian has is the time they will spend before Christ and be judged for our works (or lack of works) while we were able to serve Him.

 

READY FOR SERVICE

 

   II Corinthians 8:16-19 As the time we have left slips on by, have we surrendered to give God some time for service. Have we ever found out exactly what gift God has given to us in order to serve others?

   II Corinthians 8:1-4 During most of this year we have emphasized  missions. Have you been giving and praying with a heart for those that have surrendered or have you ignored the Macedonian call?

   II Timothy 2:19-21 Paul shows us that everyone that is saved is not accepted into service for the Master. We must prepare ourselves before God before we present ourselves to God for service.

   Titus 2:15; 3:1-2 Paul tells Titus that once we reach maturity in Christ, we ought to be able and ready to exhort and teach others the Scriptures in order for them to grow into maturity and teach others.

 

READY FOR BLESSINGS

 

   II Kings 3:16-17 As we look at the Scriptures, as we look at those around us that God has abundantly blessed, we have to recognize the fact that God demands action from us before He pours out His blessings upon those that call him Lord.

   II Kings 5:10-12 This tremendous example of pride and disobedience must put questions in our own hearts as to the number of blessings we have missed because of pride and disobedience toward God.

   II Peter 3:9 The great doctrine of repentance has left many a lost sinner on the wrong side of the fence because of a “fire escape” attitude toward God and Christ. Fear of losing what we have here on earth will keep millions from gaining what they can't afford to lose in eternity.

   I Corinthians 15:1-4 The most wonderful blessing that anyone can receive is the gift of eternal life. However, not one person has ever received the perfect gift from God without first being ready to receive the gift by  faith in the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.