Romans 13:11-12 "Now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light."
We are living in an exciting time. Jesus' return is soon! But it's also a sobering time. It's not the time to be lazy about spiritual things. This is not the time to ride the fence; there won't be anybody on the fence much longer anyway. A separation of light and darkness is coming, and either you're going to go on with God or you're going back.
In the story of the ten virgins in Matthew 25, it wasn't until the foolish five actually heard the shout that they decided to get ready. "And while they went to buy," it says, "the bridegroom came" (v. 10).
Have you ever noticed that, with some people, their timing is always off? But if you listen to the Spirit of God, your timing is good. You'll be at the right place at the right time. "While they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut." (emphasis mine)
Are you ready...or not? Not only are you and I in a place where we've never been before, but the world has never been where it is now. We're coming to the end of the age. We must get to the place where we hear from God and do what He says—where we stay ready to be used. It won't work to wait until the last moment and then try to get ready. We are the Church. We have a job to do before He comes.
Matthew 24:44-45 says, "Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?"
Right there in my Bible beside that question, "Who then is a faithful and wise servant? Write in your name. You are the only one who can make that decision in your life. Write your name by that verse and say, "Lord, I'm going to be a faithful and wise servant. I'm going to be ready!"
Confession: I am a faithful and wise servant of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Daily Bread
A devotional to equip, exhort, motivate and feed your spirit.
Pastor Larry Smoot is Senior Pastor of Church on the Rock in Stafford County, Virginia.