Christian Living: Be Prepared

For many years, the Boy Scouts of America have used as their motto “Be Prepared.” This is a good standard for all of us to live by, since the nature of human beings is to dread having to do that for which we are unprepared.

Think about the audit by the IRS when you had failed to keep adequate records. Or the final exam in high school for which you did not study. Chances are good that you faced these assignments with fear and trepidation. Why? Because you were not adequately prepared.

The simple solution to fear of these types of events is to be prepared in advance. According to Ecclesiastes 7:2, the destiny of all men is death. It happens to all of us; there is no escaping. Some of us look forward to the event; others dread it and refuse to discuss it.

The difference often is in the degree of preparedness. Here is simple plan to help in that regard: Know Jesus as Lord and Savior—Really know Him. Know His promises to all believers. Know that He sent the Comforter to be with you and bring you peace. Know that He is always watching over you and will use all things for your good if you love Him and live according to His purpose.

Obey His commands — Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. Love your neighbor as yourself. These two commands cover everything else, but for more specific guidance, study all Jesus’ commands as found in scripture.

Pay particular attention to the amazing promises that accompany them. Know that your final destination is guaranteed.

Commit the promise of Ephesians 1:13-14 to memory. Recite it often, let it become the desire of your heart. You are sealed with the Holy Spirit. You are guaranteed the inheritance God promised long ago. The end of life brings the beginning of an eternity in the presence of the Father.

No one really knows what heaven will be like, but the Bible has great promises in regards to it. Nothing can compare with the magnificence that we will experience there. Nothing will ever equal the glory of the Father in whose presence we will worship throughout all eternity.

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