Well, Are you? Maybe you are ready, maybe you aren’t. If you’re ready, great. If not, are you ready to die? Oh, hold up, you are not ready for anything are you…
1 Peter 1:13 (ESV) Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. This scripture is about a call to be Holy. We are called to be Holy. We are not asked to be Holy. There is a difference. If you are a Christian, and a child of the Most High, God, you are called to be Holy.
I recall when I was in Afghanistan, I had to be ready, always. Ready in my waking hours and ready in my sleeping hours. You might say, how can one be ready during their sleeping hours? Well, I will say that it is possible. We were trained to be ready for anything. I carried my PPGs and communication equipment everywhere i went. I had a set in my workplace and i had a set in my dormitory. Whenever that imminent duck and cover alarm siren was sounded i was ready. If a bomb went off, I was ready. If a fire-fight started in the middle of the night, I was ready. Ready for action. My mind was prepared and always at the ready. There was always a clear and present danger and I was ready for anything and anytime. That is what we were trained for and how we were trained to react. There was no time for panic, but only to take action.
I am a Christian. I should always be ready. Ready in season and out of season (2 Tim 4:2). Isn’t that what the scripture says? In Luke 12:35-40, it tells us (Christians), how we are to be ready. “Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning.” Why do you think soldiers sleep in their garbs and with their shoes on. Do think the enemy is going to give you time to get your shoes on and tie it? Knock, knock….. i am here outside… I’ll give some time to get your stuff…. No! They are going to come at you and come at you hard. Ready or not, here I come!
When we became Christians, we signed up for war. The scripture teaches us that the enemy is here to steal, kill and destroy you and I. Like highly trained soldiers, we must always be ready. Ready to move. Ready to go. Ready to help someone. Ready to listen to someone. Ready to hear from God. Ready to tell someone about God. We should always have our gear on (Ephesians 6:10-19) and ready to move when your commander says to move.
I admit, that sometimes I am asleep and I tend to loose focus. Then that bomb hits about a mile away from me. When it explodes, it shakes everything inside its blast radius. It shakes you so violently that sometimes it can cause you to become disoriented, especially if you are near to the impact zone. That is when panic steps in. That is the point when the enemy sees, and takes the opportunity to take you out. We are in a war. Don’t ever think for a moment that you are not a target of Satan. There is a clear and imminent danger out there.
How is your walk with the Lord today?