Pastor's Corner - March 14, 2019
Be ready before you have to be
March 14, 2019 | View PDF
Have you ever found yourself in life where everything is rather quiet? Perhaps you accomplished the goals and endeavors you once set forth, or perhaps you have let off the gas and are cruising by. You find yourself in a season in which preparation isn’t necessary. There are moments in life in which it is evident that God is tugging at our hearts for a mission and a task. Naturally, we begin to become ready to take on that task.
In my short years of pastoring it seems that when God calls on people, many of them accept, but they ask for time to become ready. Paul writes to a young pastor named Timothy and tells him “Preach the Word! Be ready in season and out of season” (2 Timothy 4:2). Are you in a place in your life in which you feel as if you are “out of season,” where there is no reason for you to be ready for any task or challenge that may come your way?
This week we started a series called “Dave” at our church in which we unfolded the beginning of David’s great journey. Something that stood out to me was that David was ready before his anointing to become king, not necessarily for kingship, but for whatever God called him to do.
After Samuel examined all of Jessie’s sons, he told Jessie, “The Lord has not chosen these. Are all the young men here?” Then he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep.” (1 Samuel 16:11-12) David was a man after God’s own heart, not after he discovered his calling, but even before he knew or understood what God had called him to do. David was ready in season and out of season. Perhaps your life seems silent these days, you don’t notice God doing much in your life or you don’t feel Him tugging at you like times before.
Perhaps there isn’t a fire burning inside of you today, but that is no excuse for our not being ready. It is so vital that that you are ready when you feel like you don’t have to be ready, so that when He calls, you are ready to go! There is no time to waste! Seek God, serve people, serve your church and continue to be faithful to God.
Fernando Segura is pastor of Canyon Hills Church, 600 Broadway St., in Wasco.