In Season and Out of Season, Stay Ready.
My husband and I serve on the prayer team at our church, and one morning the person who was supposed to lead devotional was late. They opened the floor and asked if anyone had a word. I had nothing. Coincidently, I hadn’t spent much time with God that week. I would quickly read my verse of the day each morning, but hadn’t really had intentional time with him. The lady who spoke that morning ended her devotional with, “We must be ready in season and out of season.” I was so convicted and slightly embarrassed. I truly was not prepared. What if I was the only option? There was no time to fumble through my bible looking for something. There should always be a word stirring in our hearts. We never know when we may need it or have the opportunity to help or minister to someone in need.
That moment taught me a lot. I needed to stay ready so I wouldn’t have to get ready. This principle lends itself to all areas of life. In our work, home, and finances we must stay ready. My Pastor would say, “In seasons of rest, prepare for battle.” What are we doing right now that is preparing us for our next season? What are we doing with what God has given us now to prepare a harvest for later?
We know the story of the three servants in Matthew 25. Their master went on a long trip and entrusted his money to them. He gave one servant 5 bags of money, the other 2 bags, and the last one, one bag. The servants with the 5 bags and 2 bags doubled their master’s money. However, the servant who was given one bag dug a hole and buried it out of fear. Their master came back after a long trip and the servants showed him what they had done with what he gave them. To the first two servants, their master replied, “Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!” Matthew 25:21 He replied to the servant given one bag, ‘You wicked and lazy servant…! ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. To those who use well what they are given, even more, will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. Matthew 25:26, 28-29
How many of us have been like the servant with one bag? If God gave us one bag, one gift, one talent, I believe if we brought him back two he would be happy! Don’t look at what you have as small. Use it to bring God glory, and it will become great! It will become more than what you started with. God doesn’t bless us with things for us to go and hide them in fear. He gives them to us to give back to his people and himself. That’s apart of spiritual maturity. Using how God uniquely designed you to bring him glory and uplift his people. It’s beautiful.
The servants who doubled what their mastered had invested into them lived a life poured out. They put it all on the line. This is the key to staying ready. Living a life of service and dedication to God. Taking those extra steps to involve God in our day and in our lives in general. My husband always says, “If you take care of God’s business, He will take care of yours.”
Pray and ask God to reveal to you every gift that is in you to give back to him. Ask him to help you live a life poured out, that on every occasion, in season and out you’ll be ever ready to uplift his kingdom and his people. I pray that even in times of rest, we stay on our post with prayer, devotion, and diligence. I pray that God begins to show us innovative ways that we can better serve him and his people with the gifts that he’s bestowed upon us. Acts 10:4 tells us “…Your prayers and gifts to the poor have been received by God as an offering! Let’s offer up all we can to stay prepared to be used by God.
Annette D. ❤