I was attending a minister’s care group meeting early last week and that was the Monday we had icy rain. The roads were a mess. The lanes out of the parking lot were dangerous. The building down the hill where we were supposed to gather was too treacherous to try to navigate. As the group tried to find a “Plan B,” I suggested, “We could sled down! I have three sleds in my car.” To which one of the pastors answered, “Of course you would!” (Honestly, it was not preparedness as she thought as much as it was laziness from not taking them out
of the car from sledding at the Cline’s) Yet, I let this pastor believe I was ready for whatever the weather had to dish out.
The Bible speaks of readiness too. We are to be ready for Christ’s return. (Matthew 24: 44) Our hearts should be prepared to serve. (1 Timothy 6:18) We also are to be able to give an account at all times to anyone who asks of the hope we have in Christ Jesus. (1 Peter 3: 15-16) Concerning this last point of readiness, do you know how you would explain the hope you have? Are you ready and willing to share your faith with someone who is curious as to what difference it makes in your life? Christian comedian, Ken Davis, tells a story about waiting for a “sign from God” before he will share his faith:
A Christian gets on an empty city bus, walks to the rear, and sits down. Lord, he prays, if you want me to speak to someone about you, please give me a sign. At the next stop another passenger boards the bus, goes all the way to the back, and sits down right next to the Christian. The passenger asks, “Do you know anything about Jesus?” The Christian excuses himself for a moment and slowly bows his head and once again prays, Lord, if you really want me to talk to this stranger, I need just one more sign. Please turn the bus driver into an armadillo. (Clare De Graaf, The 10-Second Rule (Howard Books, 2013), page 51)
We don’t need to wait for signs (especially critters driving our public buses!) in order to do what we have already been asked to do. It is both our duty and our privilege to share with others this amazing life of grace we have been given through Jesus Christ our Lord. So let’s be ready!