Ready for a Fire?

Read: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Advent is the time of expecting, waiting, and preparing for the coming of Jesus.  Over 2,000 years ago that came in the form of God’s Son Jesus being born in Bethlehem in a stable or cave because there was no room for his family in the local Inn.  The second coming of Jesus is now the time of expecting, waiting, and preparing that we are in.  1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 is one of the many passages in scripture that remind us of this.  As Christians we are to be prepared at at all times because we do not know when that time will be.

Last week a fellow pastor and friend shared an interesting modern day connection to this act of being ready and prepared.  Chuck Neufeld shared this…..

“I was out on an early walk this morning when I passed a small neighborhood fire department. Looking inside through the windowed garage doors I noticed that each of the fire trucks were parked with their respective doors wide open — gloves, boots, helmets readied — tools angled just so for easy access when the next hurried choices would need to be made. Talk about being ready! Ready, at a moment’s notice, to respond to whatever call would be coming in. I thought of the season we’re in and couldn’t help but ask myself: “How ready am I to respond to whatever call comes in?” How can I do just what this neighborhood fire department in San Antonio does: How can I “park poised — ready for the next call — gloves, boots and helmets laid out — tools angled just so…” During this Advent season, join me in doing just that?”

What a great example of what Advent is about noticed in the course of Chuck’s everyday activity.  Maybe that would be a good exercise for all of us this week.  Try to find things during your day that point to a state of readiness and being prepared.  Let those “everyday things” be a reminder that we need to be ready spiritually for whatever our day, week, month, or year may bring.

1 Thessalonians 5:8 says, “But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.”  I guess those are the gloves, boots, and helmets that we are to lay out and have ready.  Be Alert, Be on watch, Jesus is coming soon!

Make it personal:  Along with those things you look for this week, say a prayer and ask the Lord to help you discern what ways you need to prepare and be ready.  Maybe it something to start doing, something to stop doing, or just something to be more aware of.

Have a prepared week,  Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church