Many times over the years I have heard the phrase that heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people. A person cannot be Christian without some planning and preparation Included today are some thoughts about that preparation. ( In getting this post ready I noticed some differences between the online NIV bible and my personal bible. I hope this does not cause any confusion as you look at these scriptures)
Eph 4:11-12 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.
I would like to start by asking if you feel you are prepared as a Christian? If so, what are you prepared to do? As you think about your Christian walk let us ask ourselves if the things we are doing are to help build the body. If not we should consider why. If lack of preparation is the reason, we should put forth the effort to be prepared. This passage indicates that all of God’s children should be involved in this effort. I feel sometimes we think the leader’s of the church are the ones to be doing these good works. Instead, their responsibility is to help others do these works.
If you are a church leader, I ask you to consider your role stated here. Do you think about how well the members of the congregation are prepared to do good works? Do you consider training others as a part of your duties? While you are to do good works also, I hope you are helping others to do the same.
1 Peter 3:15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,
We live in a culture where Christians are having to spend more time explaining why we have hope. I feel that this is a topic that is not addressed as much today as it should be. Do you feel that you can give this defense if necessary? Our hope in Christ causes us to live a life the world does not understand. If we cannot explain this hope, why should we expect others to have it? This verse also tells us to make sure we have the proper attitude when discussing this with others. Unfortunately we live in a very confrontational world. Please remember the gentleness we should show when talking with people about this or any other aspect of our Christian life.
2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.
Being prepared is not a one time thing. As we live our daily lives we are going to encounter different situations that require us to think about our response as a Christian. Sometimes they happen when you least expect it. I am sure we have all handled situations badly because we were caught off guard by what happened. Preparation means thinking ahead. As we see things happen around us take time to think what we would do in that situation. It could happen to you.
1Peter 1:13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled, set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed
This is the last verse I am going to discuss(for now). One thought I would like to share concerning this verse is the idea of being self-controlled. As I think back again on those times when I did not do the right thing, a lot of times it was because I lost control. I may have known beforehand what I should do in a that situation, but anger or some other emotion clouded my thoughts and I did the wrong thing.
The other thought I had was taking time to prepare means we are planning to take action. It does not take much, if any, preparation to do nothing. The reason we need to consider being prepared is because we going to do something. Someone starting a business needs a business plan. A coach has to develop a game plan to defeat an opponent. He then has to have his team practice in a way to execute the game plan. Many times the weaker team has won a game because they were better prepared on game day. Satan has a game plan to defeat us. Are we prepared to handle it?