The Prepared Disciple

“She prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest” (Proverbs 6:8).

Some go through life thinking if they rely on the Holy Spirit they do not have to prepare. They wonder why they bombed the job interview, or stumbled while giving a talk. The reason they failed could be closer to home: They failed to prepare.

God calls us to prepare spiritually:

“Therefore thus I will do to you, O Israel; because I will do this to you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel!” (Amos 4:12).

When God provided Israel with His Word, He expected them to copy it and read it regularly (see Deuteronomy 17:18-20). But they failed to do so and wondered why they fell on hard times. They did not prepare. Sometimes even preachers set aside the task of diligent preparation for the weekly sermon, opting instead to simply “rely” on the Holy Spirit to give them the words. They also wonder why they see so little fruit from their preaching.

We need to study God’s Word daily and receive guidance from Him for the day’s events. We need to walk fully prepared and spiritually equipped, and to be ready (see Ephesians 6:15; 1 Peter 5:8).

God calls us to prepare for daily responsibilities:

“She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens” (Proverbs 31:15).

This verse describes the virtuous woman who takes great measures to provide for her household. God honors her work, and she sets an example to follow.

“Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds” (Proverbs 27:23).

The prepared owner looks after his flocks, knowing they provide for life’s maintenance. He doesn’t wait for his flocks to grow weak and sickly before he tends to them. He checks them daily, lest they grow ill and he lose his only means of support.

God calls us to prepare for opportunities:

“So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10).

This verse alerts us to opportunities that may present themselves, but may pass us by if we fail to watch for them.

Let’s prepare to meet God, and to fulfill responsibilities He’s called us to. We need to leave the results to God, but avoid failure due to sloppy preparation.

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