Hey friends! Sorry for the lengthy intermission. I was totally wrecked by the Mary challenge. I hope you were too. That week really opened my eyes to the many distractions I have allowed to interrupt the things that actually matter. I never realized how distracting the distractions in my life were. And of course, once I started to actively try to push them to the side, it was like they became more and more distracting. How annoying! So, if you felt at all like a total failure at “The Mary Challenge”, you are in good company. We sit together. But you know what else I learned? I learned that while it felt like I was completely failing the challenge because I seemed to keep being sucked in by the enemy’s attempts to take my attention, the Lord was actually making me more aware and giving me wisdom to conquer those weak moments. When we surrender to Christ, He makes our vision clearer and guides us to His righteousness.
While dealing with all that my brain was trying to process during the challenge I became concerned for my level of spiritual preparedness. Was I totally missing my moments to let God prepare and mature my heart while I was distracted by trivial nonsense? Suddenly I was very aware of moments that I may have missed and now I am thinking that I need to take serious active measures to ensure that I am always spiritually prepared and ready.
“Stay dressed and ready for action and keep your lamps burning and be like the men waiting on their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he knocks.” Luke 12:35-36 ESV
Are we dressed in spiritual jammies or are we dressed for action on a daily basis? Are we allowing our burnout to snuff our spiritual lamp, causing us to be a dim or non existing light? Have we gotten too comfortable in the “just in case”, that we have no urgency about our Father’s business?
You know when you were a kid, and your mom told you to make sure you had your clothes on and room clean just in case someone came over, so you kind of flounce about and take your time because you heard “just in case”. Then you hear a knock at the door and you realize that you have barely got anything done that you were supposed to do. A wave of panic sweeps over you because you know that you have failed to make the preparations necessary for someone to come over, and you have been disobedient as well. This is the precise scenario that plays out when we fail to nurture our spiritual health and gifts in an effort to stay “dressed and ready for action”, and then we are called into action. We fumble around and give a good enough response to the call instead of a well prepared response that glorifies the Lord and honors what He has entrusted to us. Why is it so hard for us to prepare for our God given callings, but we can make spread sheets and to-do lists all day long for the insignificant things that we do for our flesh’s sake? Simply put……..Because we are human. It takes commitment, consistency and communication with the Father to stay dressed (Ephesians 6:10-19) and ready for action.
Let me encourage you today, as I also encourage myself. God is not asking us to do the work in ourselves, He simply wants us to be available for Him to do the work in us. We must prioritize our first calling above all the other callings on our to-do list, OBEDIENCE. Our obedience prepares us for not only our ministry callings but the rest of our life callings.
“Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them.” Luke 12:37.
A prayer for each of us to pray:
Lord Jesus, thank You for your grace and patience with me as I learn your ways. You are so Holy and Your love is so full of mercy for me. Lord help me to be intentional with my heart as you prepare me and dress me for the callings that you have for me. Today I am choosing to surrender my time to you. Take over Jesus! Have your way with me! In Jesus name, AMEN!