Readiness – The primary sense is to go, move, or advance forward.
But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
Luke 12:39-40 (NIV)
In the early 70’s when the book, “The Late Great Planet Earth,” was released by Hal Lindsey, the awareness of the return of the Lord Jesus was front and center. There was also a very popular song, “I Wish We’d All Been Ready,” that accompanied the message throughout the world.
Life was filled with guns and war And everyone got trampled on the floor I wish we'd all been ready Children died the days grew cold A piece of bread could buy a bag of gold I wish we'd all been ready There's no time to change your mind The son has come and you've been left behind A man and wife asleep in bed She hears a noise and turns her head He's gone I wish we'd all been ready Two men walking up a hill One disappears and one's left standing still I wish we'd all been ready There's no time to change your mind The son has come and you've been left behind Life was filled with guns and war And everyone got trampled on the floor I wish we'd all been ready Children died the days grew cold A piece of bread could buy a bag of gold I wish we'd all been ready There's no time to change your mind How could you have been so blind The father spoke the demons dined The son has come and you've been left behind You've been left behind You've been left behind SONGWRITER: LARRY NORMAN
The back and forth between the coming of the Lord Jesus—how, when, and where—is not what Jesus is addressing. He tells His disciples the importance of understanding the gravity and the certainty of the Master’s return. The work of sanctification of the Holy Ghost is to make the Bride of Christ ready. Our willingness and being in a state of preparedness with the awareness of the Holy Ghost working in us is essential in these days. We are warned not to listen to those who say, “Where is your master, did He not say He was returning?”
“Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts,and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue just as they were from the beginning of creation.”
2 Peter 3:3-4 NASB2020
I read this recently sent to me from a brother: “We can provide for present needs, yet fail to prepare for the future, or we can provide AND prepare.” Be not deceived God cannot be mocked, whatsoever you sow THAT you shall also reap.
“So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.”
Romans 14:12 NASB2020
“Therefore, I will always be ready to remind you of these things, even though you already know them and have been established in the truth which is present with you.”
2 Peter 1:12 NASB2020
Readiness is the word I am hearing entering into 2023.