Are You Ready?

My goodness, so much to do and so little time, where does the time go? 

What are you chasing after these days? It could be that big promotion that you feel you have worked harder than anyone in your office and you deserve it. After all, many hours have been spent away from the family, putting work before anything, including church activities, just to get one more project done while climbing the corporate ladder. 

Perhaps it is the scholarship that you believe your son or daughter deserves due to their hard work and countless hours of practice and training to be the best in their sport. Plus the fact that college costs have increased so much and this would help with the college budget.  The temptation for something does drive us and at times puts us in a not-so-good state.

How do you think Jesus felt when Satan was tempting him in the wilderness? If you were fasting for 40 days and 40 nights, would you not be so hungry and tempted to eat anything that didn’t eat you?  Jesus told Satan in Matthew 4:4, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Satan was tempting Jesus to turn stones into loaves of bread. Here Jesus is in the wilderness, tired, alone and very vulnerable. Jesus used Scripture to fight back the temptation that Satan was throwing at him while Jesus was vulnerable. He was ready for any temptation that Satan was throwing at him.

Satan, too, used Scriptures (Psalm 92:11-12) to tempt Jesus to jump off the highest point of the Temple in Jerusalem. Satan said, “He will order his angels to protect you. And they will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.”  Jesus responded with another scripture in Matthew 4:7, “You must not test the Lord your God.”

Satan is crafty and will try to pull out all the stops to get you distracted or busy in our society today. We are kept so busy that we continue to run in opposite directions from one thing to the next. Family is spread so thin these days, going from school activities, sport activities, work, etc. It is no wonder that our families are not making and creating the opportunity to make good, productive family time a priority. It’s another tactic that Satan is using; are you ready to protect yourself from being too busy?

In Matthew 4:9 Satan is promising to give Jesus the world if only he will kneel down and worship him. I love this next part; can’t you just hear Jesus saying, “Get out of here, Satan. For the Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’”  

So, here is the big question: “What are you worshiping and whom are you serving?” I know that there are many times I have to do the reality check and ask myself these same questions. We are all chasing something, but is it Jesus? Does what we spend our time on involve him? Or are we spending our time on worldly things? 

I know it is hard and sometimes life gets so busy that we all feel like we are just a mess. I do want to make my time here on earth worthy of what he has called me to do and be ready and willing to do what he wants. I want to make each day count and because of his grace, and because I am highly favored and blessed, each day he has given me is another chance to do his will.

As I was driving in to work today, the song “Lord, I’m Ready Now” by Plumb came on my radio and the writers Tiffany Arbuckle Lee and Luke Sheets could not have said it better:

…Oh Lord I’m ready now
All the walls are down
Time is running out
And I wanna make this count
I ran away from you
And did what I wanted to
But I don’t wanna let you down
Oh Lord I’m ready now
Lord I’m ready now…

Enjoy this wonderful day that the Lord has given you. I pray that we are all ready to worship and serve him in the manner that is due him.

Sherri Stetnish
Connection Director

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