As each child’s birthday approaches, I begin to think about and converse with my kiddos about what they want to do for their birthday party. Then I begin to make my lists and plan out on the calendar how to fit in all I have to do to prepare for their birthday. It never ceases to amaze me how much preparation it requires to “get ready.” My wonderful husband knows me far to well and says, “Now, can you not go in that mode.” Meaning, I know there is a lot to prepare, but let’s just do what we can do.
Our life is like preparing for a party or holiday. We were born one day and our death day has been appointed. The question is what are we doing to prepare for our death on Earth and arrival into heaven? It may sound crazy, but the reality is this: We will be held accountable for what we did with our talent, treasure and time on this Earth.
But while we are on this Earth, what are we doing? Some people are sleeping and enjoying the luxuries of life. Their bank accounts are thick and their houses are plenty. They come and go as they please. Others are sifting dumpsters looking for leftovers, anything to fill their belly and hold the hunger pains once more. They search for shelter from winds and rains, yet are constantly reminded by their conditions of how they got to the lifestyle they are now living. There are those who work, work, work and struggle each month to pay bills and to cover costs of living, let alone anything extra. Still, there are those who get up early and go to bed late in order prepare to accomplish something, a dream or a passion in their heart.
Before we can celebrate anything, there is preparation. Before a mom births a baby, she prepares for the newborns arrival. If we are going on a vacation, we prepare for our departure from home by making arrangements for our furry friends to be taken care of, mail delivery halted and house checked. There is always preparation, sometimes little, most times a lot!
When God has birthed an idea in my heart, it has always required more than what I saw in myself and in my schedule. Preparing to bring an idea to pass would not happen without sacrifice, sweat and even tears. Often times I would be up while everyone else was sleeping, envious that I was not resting my head on a pillow and drifting into deep sleep. But see, I had this deep desire to complete a task, so I could celebrate all that Jesus was wanting to do. No one was celebrating as I prepared. No one probably had any comprehension as to how much work went into what I was doing, but I had to continue to press forward in order to see the event come to pass as Jesus wanted it.
If you have a desire, an idea or passion to do something, you have to ask yourself these questions. Am I willing to prepare without ever being recognized? Will I give up my “want to’s” in order to complete my “To Do List?” How many dreams have fallen asleep with the bodies that rest in the graves? How many purposes were not fulfilled because people chose to not stay up, type the first words of a book or set out for the journey God placed in their heart. It is easy to get up and go about the day, easier to stay in bed and sleep – but if we want to be serious about preparing before our arrival in heaven, we need to realize it takes time, work, energy and effort. Someone has to prepare the car before the trip – oil checks, tire pressure check, gas check, car loaded, food bought, cash out of bank. etc. It is not as if you sleep and it magically is all ready to go.
Just as you schedule the hours in your day, schedule time to complete God’s task for your life. I am sure it is different than mine and different than many of your friends. If there is a passion, a mission, a dream that is in your heart and you just have not made the effort to do anything about it, let today be your day!
Greater things are yet to come, greater things are still to be done in this city! – Chris Tomlin
When we stand before God we will be giving an account as to how we spent our talent, time and treasure on this Earth.
“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.” Matthew 25:14-15
You have been given a “talent.” Maybe not a singing one or dancing one or even a comedian one, but nonetheless, you have been given something – a dream, a book to write, a song to play, a lesson to teach, a passion to help the poor- but it is something. It will look different than others, but the basis is the same! We are called to prepare ourselves, make ourselves ready for Christ’s return. What are you doing to prepare? When he arrives will he find you still holding that dream, that book, that talent? Or will he return having found you on this journey and say:
“His master replied, ‘ Well done, good and faithful servant! ” Matthew 25:23
Be encouraged in your planning! Remember, in order to celebrate we must prepare! Preparation is work, sacrifice, time (just like preparing for a birthday party) but the celebration at the end is worth the effort (especially when it blesses others over ourselves.)