Gettin Ready

Luke 23: 55-56 The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.

Our recovery journey includes a lot of time put aside for preparation. A designer matches fabric swatches, carpet samples and paint chips before they begin a project. We too must take time to prepare. It’s important for us to be still, pray, reflect and rest. We are preparing for the changes God is about to make in our character.

In the military, troops are taught “Ready, aim, fire!”. The “ready” stage is making sure the weapon is in good working order and is loaded with the correct ammunition. “Aim” is getting steady, breathing, getting relaxed and acquiring the target. “Fire” is pulling the trigger only after the preparations are made.

Many of us have tried to run into spiritual battle shouting “Fire, fire, fire” without ever getting ready or taking aim. We indiscriminately shoot all over the place, never hitting the target and creating all kinds of collateral damage . Others of us spent a lifetime preparing but never taking action. It’s like going into battle shouting “ready, ready, ready” and never taking aim or pulling the trigger. We became easy targets for the enemy.

The women who followed Jesus to the cross readied the spices and perfumes for his burial, but were obedient to rest on the sabbath. When they returned the following day they were the very first ones to be told of Christ’s resurrection. Had they not readied the burial spices they would have missed out on the good news. Had they not rested on the sabbath, they would have been there too early. We too must prepare. We have to be patient and obedient so we don’t miss out on all the great things Christ is going to do in our recovery.

Written by James Miller

Lord Jesus thank you for giving your life on the cross, and for the good news of the resurrection, prepare me for the spiritual battles ahead. Give me the willingness and patience to wait on your perfect timing, the fearlessness and boldness to take decisive action when the time comes. Grant me the wisdom to know when to prepare and when to act.

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