Author: Kristi Wile
Another new year is about to dawn. It’s a new season. A fresh start. What will your mind be dwelling on when the day begins on January 1st? Perhaps you’ve already been thinking about that one thing you are determined to do in this next year. Or maybe you’re just waiting until the craziness of the holidays is over before you can give one brain cell to that line of thinking. Wherever you stand, January 1st is coming, ready or not.
Are we ready? That is the question, isn’t it? So many things grab for our attention and divide our minds. And before we realize it, we are swamped with a million to-do’s and not a minute to sit and be quiet. I’m suddenly remembering Martha running around like… well, you know. And she’s all flustered that Mary isn’t helping her. Jesus gently told her that Mary had chosen the better thing. Mary was ready. I’m convinced that Martha got there eventually.
Are we ready? Ready for what, you ask? Do we even know what we need to be ready for? In Luke 12, Jesus talks to his disciples about being ready. He is talking about the Second Advent, when Jesus will return and we will all see Him as He is. (1 John 3:2) He told them to Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning. (v. 35) Later in the chapter we read that it doesn’t turn out so well for the servant who wasn’t ready when his master returned.
Are we ready? Scripture tells us how to be ready. Do we know what it says? Or are we depending on what someone else told us? Dear one, we need to check ourselves. No one gets into Heaven on someone else’s coattails.
Are you ready? 2 Corinthians 13: 5 says Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!
Jesus clearly told us that He is the only way to the Father. (John 14:6) He then said If you love me, you will keep my commandments. (14:15) There’s a test right there. If you’re anything like me, you’re finding your way to your knees to confess your sin, receive his forgiveness, and ask for strength to follow Him well.
Dear sister, don’t leave it up to chance. Be sure. Be ready.