Having a spirit of gracefulness and humility to and before God should drive us to a place of readiness to perform God’s will for our lives. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not on the principle of works, that no one might boast ( Eph. 2:8-9).
Readiness is the state of preparedness of persons, systems, or organizations to meet a situation and carry out a planned sequence of actions that dispensation fulfills God’ purposes. The Lord’s Prayer, the model to be used, helps keep a state of readiness in our lives on daily based. “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one,” (Matthew 6:9-13).
Readiness is based on thoroughness of the planning, adequacy and training of the personnel, and supply and reserve of support services or systems. Readiness is the willingness to be ready, eager, or prepared to do something. (Phip.4:13, St Matt. 18:18, Ps. 121:1-3 St. John 15:1-7)
What am I willing to give up to serve God? What price is required? For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (Mark 8:36 & 37). Readiness of heart, mind and soul and to give your utmost for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords because God desires our very best in life.
When Jesus is called “King of kings and Lord of lords,” it means that, in the end, all other rulers will be conquered or abolished, and He alone will reign supreme as King and Lord of all the earth. There is no power, no king, and no lord who can oppose Him and win (Revelation 17:14).
Are you living in state of Readiness for God? By the empowerment of the Holy Spirit we can live in state of availability and readiness for the glory of God. Being in the Lord and in the power of His might knowing that we can do all things through Christ. Arming ourselves with the things of God has prepared for us so when trials of life and the tricks of the devil come we will be able to stand (Eph. 6:10-18).
Be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord always doing your best and doing more than is needed, being continually aware that your labor even to the point of exhaustion in the Lord is never futile nor wasted and it is never without purpose (1 Corinthians 15:58).
How many times have you not been ready or not on time throughout life? And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment. Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him (Hebrews 9:27-28).
Are you ready? Get ready because of the grace and mercy of God the Father through Jesus Christ.
Anthony A. Armstrong is senior pastor at Unity Christian Fellowship Church at Pine Bluff.
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