Being unprepared for events in our daily lives can have varying consequences. If we walk out of the house without our car keys, we only need to turn around; however, if we forget to visit the gas station before a long drive, we might have to pay for a tow truck. Being spiritually unprepared can result in the greatest consequence of all.
Christians need to be prepared to act like Christians. At any moment of any day, our faith might be tested, and when it is, we need to be ready. Paul wrote in Ephesians, “Take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm” (Ephesians 6:13).
Christians need to be prepared to share their faith. In Colossians, we read, “Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders making the most of the opportunity” (Colossians 4:5). Every encounter and conversation should be viewed as an opportunity to share the gospel with others.
Christians need to be prepared to live eternally. Our focus throughout this physical life should be on preparing ourselves for eternal spiritual life. Jesus warned, “For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will” (Matthew 24:44). We have no idea when Jesus will return, but we need to be ready for that moment to come.