BY: Jason Payne
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BIBLE TEXT: 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.
PERSONAL REFLECTION: There are so many unforeseen things in our life that we can never truly be prepared for, but for the most part, we can be prepared for the things we know are coming our way and we just don’t. We either don’t take the time, we don’t make it a priority, or we just plain procrastinate. I believe preparation is the key ingredient to have the greatest impact in the Kingdom and to be successful in everything we do.
Here we are at Thanksgiving again and God knows I have a lot to be thankful for!
We always have family at our house on Thanksgiving and we always have a feast. I deep fry a turkey, fix cornbread dressing, corn, mashed potatoes, etc. You get the idea, and by now your stomach is growling and you are probably hungry. Just kidding!
But as you know, before you can enjoy the feast there is a lot of “prep work” that has to happen beforehand. My wife spends hours in the kitchen preparing the food we will have, and a lot of it is done the day before. So you are probably wondering where I am going with this. The Bible says, “Be prepared in and out of season.” That means being ready at all times for whatever comes my way. If I don’t spend time in the Word and in prayer I will not be prepared for the enemy’s attacks. If I don’t prepare for my retirement then I will probably struggle financially when I get older. If I am not prepared for Jesus return I will get left behind. Some of these things may never happen in my lifetime, but I have to be ready if they do! You see, the “prep work” is what nobody wants to do. Most Christians want to sit down and enjoy the meal, reap the benefits of being a Christian, and receive the blessings of God but don’t want to do the work. There are people who want to be leaders but have not yet learned to follow!
When I first started painting houses I worked for my dad and all he would let me do was the “prep work” which involved puttying the nail holes in the trim and caulking all the cracks. For the first year all I did was putty. I never painted anything. I never picked up a brush or a roller. But see, my dad was trying to teach me something in that season of my life. He knew that the prep work was the most important part of a good paint job. If it is not done properly then the final product does not turn out the way it should. It is the same with our Heavenly Father. He allows us to go through different seasons in life and is always trying to teach us something –”prepping” us for greater things to come. Just like cooking a meal, painting a house, or writing “A DAY IN THE LIFE,” it is a process. So is our spiritual journey. If we are not willing to do the “prep work” we will never be prepared to do the greater works God has in store for us!
PERSONAL APPLICATION: Even though I have not always wanted to do the prep work, I am learning everyday how vital it is not only in my spiritual walk but in my everyday life.
PRAYER: Father God, I thank you for showing me the things in my life that I have to be prepared for. I pray that I would equip myself with the tools you have provided and be willing to do the prep work necessary so that I can be ready for whatever comes my way, whether it is in season or out of season. To be ready, wet or dry, drought or harvest. I know you are in control and whatever the situation or circumstance it is all part of the growing process. Shape me and mold me into what you want me to be so that I can be useful in your kingdom in Jesus name I pray Amen!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I have been married to my beautiful wife, Christy, for 18 years and have two children: Elijah and Kayla. I am a painting contractor. I have attended Life Assembly for over 10 years. I am currently involved in youth ministry and love to go on missions trips.