Whenever I the hear the words “be prepared” I think of the 1994 version of The Lion King. I can clearly see Scar walking through the canyon as he’s singing to the hyenas about how he’s going to be king. He was painting a picture of abundance and a life of ease. But Scar’s plan failed. Why? For the same reason some of our plans fail…lack of preparation.
See for the entire time Scar was singing to the hyenas he never once stopped to think about what it actually took to be king. Sound familiar? Not the king part but how often do we rush through things without really taking the time to consider what goes into bringing our dreams, thoughts, aspirations into being. In other words preparation requires actions. There is a process of getting from point A, an idea, to point B, a tangible outcome. What are those steps? It depends on the outcome you are trying to obtain.
If you are in need of a job at least one of your steps should involve getting a resume together. If you’re interested in purchasing a home, finding out how much of a home you can afford would be a very important step in your journey. But the most important thing we need to remember as we take these steps is to practice patience.
God will often give us dreams and desires but He doesn’t always, if ever, give us the time frame for when those dreams or desires will come to pass. What He does tell us is that we should always be prepared. In the parable of the 10 virgins all ten knew their husbands were coming home but they didn’t know when. Only 5 of them took measures to ensure they had light to welcome their husbands home should they return at night. (Matthew 25:1-13)
Our entire life is in preparation for the day when Jesus will return. Are you taking steps to ensure your light is shining not only for drawing others to Jesus but also for when Jesus comes for the church? Have you asked Jesus into your heart? Have you asked Him to forgive your sins?
Scar miscalculated what it would take to be king. Have you miscalculated what it would take to have eternal life?