Summary: Do you know anyone in and around your life that seems to constantly be one step behind? Never mind the playing around, the lolly-gagging around. You better be ready to go.
I’m Ready To Go . Are You?
Do you know anyone in and around your life that seems to constantly be one step behind? Or, it just seems to me that they just put off and put off until the last minute stuff that needs to be done or need to be doing. If you have kids you know exactly what I’m talking about.
I have a house full of kids and it seems like I’m constantly hearing, "Hang on! I gotta....." "Hold up, I forgot...." It seems like 9 out of 10 times we’re heading out of the house to go somewhere you can bet somebody is not gonna be completely ready. Then you hear, "So ’n so grab my...." "When you come bring my...."
You know what it’s like. Normally you allow plenty of time to get dressed and get things together. Normally around our house wherever we are and whatever we’re doing we’re gonna shut sown and be at the house to get cleaned up and dressed one hour before the time we have to leave.
An hour, 60 minutes. To the normal person that is plenty of time to bathe, groom up, get dressed, and maybe even iron the outfit to be worn.
As long as you’re focused on what you’re supposed to be doing and are busy at it, that’s an ample amount of time. We constantly have somebody running out of the house chasing the van still trying to get their belt on, tucking their shirt in, with their shoes and socks in their hand. on occasions I have looked up and seen somebody running out of the house with their shoes, socks, belt, and deodorant in hand.
Well, then we get to church or where ever it is we’re going and you get to looking at them closer. You ask one, "Why is your hair not brushed? Why you still got food smeared all over your mouth? Why you not shaved? Why you wearing wrinkled clothes? Where’s your Bible? Where’s your belt? Then you hear, "I forgot. You were rushing us so to get out of the house." And my favorite, "I didn’t have enough time to finish."
You’re constantly saying, "You had better be ready to go. You’re supposed to be dressed before you ever leave your room. If you’re not ready when it’s time to go you stay here."
We teach our children this way to teach them to focus, to concentrate, to pay attention to the matter at hand. Take care of business. To get things in order. Never mind the playing around, the lolly-gagging around. You better be ready to go.
Today I’m here to tell you, "Thus sayeth the Lord, You had better be ready to go. You better get focused and pay attention to the matter, the business at hand. Nevermind the playing around, the lolly-gagging around, the putting off until tomorrow. You better be ready to go. If you’re not ready when it’s time to go you stay here."
You know, where we are today, the world in which we live in, it’s really a fast paced world we live in. It’s really easy to get side tracked and be distracted away from what we’re supposed to be doing.
Lots of things to get our attention. Lots of things to do, lots of things to get. Lots of places to go. Lots of t.v. to watch. So much work to do. So much time to spend with the family. So much to catch up on in the hobby shop. So much here and so much there and so little time.
There’s only 24 hours in a day. 10 to 14 hours of daylight. 10 to 14 hours of darkness. We work during the day and sleep during the night. We work during the daylight because that’s when we can get the most done. When we can see the most. We sleep during the night in the darkness because that’s when it’s most effective for our bodies.. We can’t see in the darkness like we can in the daylight so we can’t do as much at night as we can in the day.
Now with those two analogies, Time- so little time. Time running out. Day/Night- The time to work and rest. I want us to build on this. To fill in the gaps. To trim away the excess. To cut the fat and realize essentially the relatively short time we have here in our lives on this earth.
Daytime is running out. The day is almost over. Have you gotten all of your work done? Are you working, taking care of business? Have you gotten your priorities in line? Are you taking care of the business that matters? Are you ready to go?
Jesus made reference to day and night. Work and not work. John chapter 9.