YOU LIVE in the present, but you anticipate the future. You wonder what might happen. What events will come to pass?
You wonder about your everyday tasks, your daily chores. Will you get to everything? Is there enough time?
So you get ready to get the job done. You prepare.
You also think about the world and the course of future events. What might happen tomorrow?
Will things be okay in the future? What about my children’s future? And sometimes you worry. You’re not sure.
But still, you get ready. You plan. You prepare the best you can.
And what about the higher things? What about heavenly concerns? Do you think much about these?
Are you ready for the challenges that arise out of nowhere? Are you prepared to administer the blessings that may come your way?
And what if Jesus were to appear today? Would you be ready for his arrival? How do you think you will feel on Judgment Day?
What will your response be to God? What do you think his response will be to you?
Some are filled with great fear of what’s to come. Others simply ignore future consequences.
But the Lord tells us to be prepared for anything. He tells us to build up our treasures in heaven.
So build up your spiritual riches. Get ready. Fill your storehouses to the brim with the abundance of the Lord.
How do you do this? How do you accumulate spiritual wealth? You start like Jesus did when he was born. You begin in poverty and vulnerability.
For only the empty treasure chest can be filled. Only the open heart yearns for the full grace of God.
And from that place, poor and vulnerable, the Lord prepares you. He shows you how to build up your riches, day by day.
Each prayer is another brick in the Kingdom.
Each Word you meditate upon is another stepping stone forward.
Each time you ask for forgiveness, your heart grows larger as grace rushes in.
And every time you receive the Body of Christ, you are filled with his peace — and the promise of salvation grows stronger within you.
Do not think bad thoughts about yourself, no matter what you’ve done or failed to do.
Remember, you are God’s child, and his creation is good.
Hold on tight to your identity as a son or daughter of God and move forward from there.
These are the heavenly riches. They will never tarnish. They will never fade.
They endure forever as they are built upon your poverty and vulnerability before God. This way the Spirit has room to move and breathe within you.
And each daily task not only becomes manageable, but it becomes holy. And your concern about the future gains a heavenly perspective.
Your future, and your children’s future, is — and always has been — in God’s hands.
And if you let him carry you, then you move, think, and act according to his will.
So seek the Lord’s presence. Stay vulnerable. Stay poor.
Let the mercy and strength of God get you ready for anything, come what may.
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So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.Matthew 24:44
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