BE PREPARED

“Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” Matthew 24: 44 

In 1907, Baden-Powell, an English soldier, devised the Scout’s motto “Be Prepared”, which he published in Scouting for Boys in 1908. 

This motto may have been coined by Baden-Powell in 1907 but it has existed in Christianity for much longer. Jesus Christ, Himself told us in many instances and diverse forms such as parables, to always be prepared for when the Son of Man returns. Our anchor scripture is one of those instances, and it rightly states that He will return at an hour that we do not expect. 

In Scouting for Boys, Baden-Powell wrote that to Be Prepared means “you are always in a state of readiness in mind and body to do your duty.” This is what is expected of us as believers. We must stay ready, in our minds, and our bodies and always be ready to do our duty. We must not be like the five foolish virgins, but instead be like the five wise ones who had more than enough oil for their lamps (Matthew 25: 1-13). 

How to be prepared: 

One way to be prepared for when Christ returns is to abide in Him (1 John 2:8). You have got to maintain your confession of faith! Nothing should shake your conviction that Jesus is indeed the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

Another way to stay ready is to do God’s word, and obey His will. Be like the servants who were with Jesus when He changed water to wine. Mary told them, ‘Whatsoever he tells you to do, do it and they took this seriously. When Jesus asked them to fill the water jars nearby, they didn’t just fill them, they filled them to the brim!

And when Jesus asked them to draw some water, they did so, no questions asked. They were prepared and therefore were present to witness Jesus’ first noted miracle. To be prepared is to be ready to do as Jesus says, no questions asked. To this end, we have been given the Great Commission to preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth. And preach it, we shall! 

Finally, as we wait on the second coming of our Lord and Saviour, endeavour to put inconsistencies aside and fight the good fight of faith till the end. Jesus is coming soon. Be prepared!

Bible Reading Plan:

John 19:38-42, Revelation 16, Job 38:1-21, Zephaniah 1-2

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