If You Stay Ready, You Ain’t Gotta Get Ready

“He leans on nothin and nothin I want more than to hear those trumpets,

no nothin I want more than to hear those trumpets…”

-Andy Mineo & Christon Gray, Ex Nihilo

 

The title is also an Andy Mineo reference. Don’t worry about it.

I remember hearing awhile back that if you’re bored with God, He was bored a long time ago. It blows my mind that I actually get bored with Him.

His kingdom is about power. It’s about heaven and earth colliding because of what our Savior accomplished on the cross. It’s about grace, a gift that none of us deserved being offered to us out of love. It’s about pulling prisoners out of darkness because at some point we were prisoners and then were rescued.

None of that is boring, and when I forget about the action-packed, romantic side of faith…that’s when I get bored. I get complacent and I become willing to live my comfortable Christian life while others are out doing the hard stuff.

I had lots of options for which lyrics out of which song to choose for the opening quote to this post. I chose that one because whenever I hear those words I wonder if thereĀ isĀ something I want more than the return of Jesus (Also, it’s an amazing song and my roommates have all probably heard it enough for one lifetime because they live with me. You guys show me so much grace.).

The problem isn’t always idols. The problem is usually the simple fact that I think I have time to be distracted. I think I have time to chase after things other than building up the people around me and spreading Jesus’ name.

In Matthew 25 Jesus tells a parable about ten bridesmaids. Five of them take oil for their lamps when they go out to meet the bridegroom, and five don’t. The groom is taking awhile to get there, so they all fall asleep. When he finally gets there, they all wake up and the ones without any extra oil realize their fires are going out. They miss their chance to go to the wedding banquet with him. Jesus says at the end, “Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

What would it be like to live in a state of constant readiness? That’s the question I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. One thing I’ve been realizing is that this world doesn’t have time for bored or complacent Christians. If Jesus comes back in five minutes, how am I going to spend those five minutes?

I’m not saying that we all need to be out evangelizing all the time, but I am saying that we don’t have time for the petty things of this world.

There isn’t time for worry.

There isn’t time to think badly about your brothers and sisters in Christ.

There isn’t time to have a crush on someone if it immobilizes you (@me).

There isn’t time for selfishness or isolation.

Literally nothing can touch us when we live for Him,so there isn’t time for fear.

There isn’t time for disobedience.

There isn’t time to tear people down.

God’s kingdom is one of action. It’s one of expectation and love and ridiculous encounters with the One who gives us life. It’s about taking back what has been stolen and rescuing God’s chosen from the darkness and sin that so easily ensnares. That is our mission.

Get. Pumped.

I’ll leave you with this: At the end of your life you aren’t going to be thinking about your job, your grades, your physique, or even your family. You are going to be standing face to face with the man who went to the cross for you, the man who has loved you since the beginning of time. I want everything I do, every one of my thoughts, to be in preparation for that moment. Not that I could ever be prepared.

Here’s Romans 11:33-36:

“O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgements and how inscrutable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to Him, to receive a gift in return? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.”

-Jenna

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