This is part two of our series in the book of James: GET REAL! A Call for Authentic Faith. Read part one here….http://thejourneyofasteward.com/get-real-call-for-authentic-faith-patience.html
Preparation is a key component to everything we do! Preparation or lack there of can determine how smooth our day runs, whether we keep on schedule, or even can be the decider of life or death. I have found that when I am prepared for things that it also opens opportunity to be a blessing to others and can even be ready when I am caught off guard.
One thing to remember though, is that the opposite is true as well. When we are unprepared, it can cause hurriedness, unnecessary anxiety, and reliance on the blessing of others. Don’t get me wrong there are times when people just want to bless you, but other times it is out of need because you are just not prepared.
Our faith is no different. How many of us have a prepared heart?
In our study of the book of James, we see that James is encouraging us to be prepared!
“Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts; for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.” -James 5:8
The keyword here is to stablish. I love this word. Stablish means to make stable, place firmly, to strengthen, to render constant. How do we do this in any other way than to be prepared? To me, render constant means to be steady and consistent.
Have you ever met an unprepared person? They are certainly not constant, but rather flighty and discombobulated. James uses the word as double-minded. “A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways. (1:8)”
We need to prepare ourselves to be single-minded, constant, stable.We want our hearts undivided.
James gives us the instructions on the only way to do this. In chapter one he tells us, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only (verse 22).” We need to dive into His Word and do what it says so that our hearts and minds are ready! Time is short! There is an urgency in our message, but if we are not prepared we will lose sight of the goal to live for Him.
Let’s be prepared so we are not caught off guard. Let’s be constant, steady, and stablished as time is short! What steps will you take to prepare for the coming of the Lord?