Ever played hide and seek? Have you been the one who has to count before you go find everyone? Remember having to say “ready or not, here I come” after you finished counting and before you opened your eyes and went seeking? Do you remember as the seeker how you felt about being ready to go find? What about scurrying around trying to find a place to hide and then hearing those words “ready or not, here I come” and panicking since you weren’t hidden yet?
Make time to walk with Jesus in this life, so you’re ready when the ‘ready or not’ moment arrives.
Consider your spiritual journey. Jesus made His initial visit and is on the path of return. Have you decided to embrace Him as your Lord and Savior, and are you actively living in a way that prepares you for the trumpet announcing His return with the message, “ready or not, here I come”? Will you join those who ascend to be with Him, or will you be among those who experience being “Left Behind“? I recall starting a blog back in 2005, inspired by my reading of the book of Revelation, naming the blog “From 2005 to Eternity.”
Are you ready or not as a family for Jesus to return?
Let’s become the fathers who stand prepared! We have readied ourselves and have been diligently preparing alongside our wives and children. Let’s be the fathers who eagerly anticipate the day when Jesus returns with joy and excitement, in stark contrast to the days of hide and seek when the phrase “ready or not, here I come” used to instill panic and fear. Decide early, so you are perpetually prepared, no matter when His return may be.
Let’s be the dads who are ready for the return of Jesus! Moreover, let’s choose to be the dads who are prepared to give an answer for what we have done since receiving Jesus as we face the judgment seat of Christ, rather than needing to face the great white throne of judgment. Additionally, let’s be the dads who are aware of the impending judgment and are inviting our wives, kids, and the world to be a part of eternity with God! Furthermore, let’s be the dads who share God’s Word, so that people have the opportunity to receive Jesus, because the judgment day of the Lord is coming.
So how can we apply today’s verse of the day to help us be the dads our wives, kids, and world need us to be? What can we do to use it to help us be the dads God created, purposes, and plans for us to be?
Applications of Joel 2:1 to help us be the dads that our wives, kids, and world need us to be for the glory of God:
- Prayer: Begin by seeking God’s guidance through prayer, asking for wisdom, discernment, and strength to fulfill your role as a father.
- Study Scripture: Regularly engage with the Bible to deepen your understanding of God’s Word and His expectations for fathers.
- Lead by Example: Model the values and virtues you want your children to embrace. Show them the way through your actions and choices.
- Teach God’s Word: Share the teachings of the Bible with your children, helping them build a strong spiritual foundation.
- Foster a Loving Home: Create an environment of love, support, and acceptance in your home, reflecting God’s love for His children.
- Provide Guidance: Offer counsel and support to your children in their life decisions, just as God provides guidance to His followers.
- Nurture Faith: Encourage your children to develop their own relationship with God, guiding them on their spiritual journey.
- Serve Others: Demonstrate compassion and a servant’s heart by actively engaging in acts of kindness and charity.
- Discipline with Love: Discipline your children with love and understanding, as God disciplines His children for their growth and maturity.
- Prepare for the Future: Keep in mind the ultimate judgment day, mentioned in Joel 2:1, and ensure that your family is spiritually prepared for it, living with a sense of urgency and purpose.
Let’s be ready when we hear “ready or not, here I come”:
By applying these principles, you can fulfill your role as a father, aligning with God’s purposes and plans for your family’s well-being and the glory of God.