It’s getting close to summer time. Even as I write this, Mike and I are making plans for Kenneth’s Spring Break in April. Yes, soon I will swap over all the closets to our warm weather attire and break out the strappy sandals. At some point since we live in South Carolina the temperatures will approach and climb into the triple digits. When that happens, trips to the lake, the beach, and the local slip-n-slide will be normal occurrences.
We will have to don the one garment other than a wedding dress that brings women of all ages to tears . . . a bathing suit. I have to try all mine on in private when no one is even in the house before I dare plan a trip.
Then I will wish I had dieted harder, earlier, and finally discovered time to do some exercise. Somehow I manage to go all year long hiding in the sweaters and jackets blissfully eating my cheesecake until summertime. How does this happen? It’s not like summer is a surprise. I know it’s coming every year. I know when it’s coming. And I know exactly what clothes are in my closet waiting for me.
For those of you wondering what my dieting and exercise regimen (or lack thereof) has to do with the church newsletter, here it is. If we believe in God, and we believe in the Jesus of the Bible, we know judgment is coming. We know death is coming. We know we are going to stand before the throne spiritually naked and have every sin laid bare for God Almighty to see.
Why aren’t we preparing for it? Why aren’t we working on our spiritual disciplines? Why aren’t we building our prayer lives and cutting out all the junk? We know it’s coming. We talk about it coming. We listen to sermons about it coming. But are we ready?
I’m not. I’m assured of my salvation. I’ll show up, but what shape will I be in?
Maybe the traditional time for setting goals is New Year’s, but it’s never too late. And one thing is certain. You lose every race when you never start.
I started dieting for the summer last fall. When will we start shaping up our souls for judgment?
“Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning; and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately. Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” Luke 12:35–37, 39–40