“Christians ought to be a ready scribe in the Word of God,” the preacher said. I was attending a worship service and the sermon involved Ezra, a man described as being a “ready” scribe in the law of Moses (Ezra 7:6). The pastor’s point hit me. Hard. I am no expert on the Bible. I have never claimed to be, and while I do not believe works are necessary for salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9), I do want to one day hear my Lord and Savior say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”
Using E-sword software, I searched for how many times the word “ready” appears in scripture. I read the KJV, and according to E-sword, the word “ready” appears in 99 verses. These include Matthew 24:44, when Jesus tells people to be ready for his return. In Mark 14:38, Jesus tells people to watch and pray to fight temptation. “The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak,” He adds.
Meanwhile, it is not just for the Lord’s return that we should be ready. Christians should also be prepared to give an answer to people asking why we are so hopeful (1 Peter 3:15). Not to sound heretical, but a response that you are saved and on your way to Heaven might result in several, if not dozens of questions. Therefore, you need to be prepared or ready for these kinds of exchanges. In case you are not aware, the word “ready” means to be prepared mentally or physically for some experience or action. To be “ready” also means to be prepared for immediate use, to be willingly disposed or likely to do something indicated, not to mention immediately available.
I will be honest in saying that I am not always ready. I allow things to occupy too much of my time. I am also easily distracted. At times, I just want to be lazy, stay home and not interact with people. But when you think about it, this is no time to be lazy. There are people in this world that do not know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. This includes people filling church pews every Sunday morning, evening and Wednesday night prayer meeting. We should be meeting with them and having conversations on things beyond sports and weather. At the same time, we should be reading God’s word, thinking about it and applying it to our lives.
All scripture is given by God for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness. Why? So believers may be perfect and thoroughly furnished unto all good works (2 Timothy 3:16-17). That’s a fancy way of saying the Word of God helps us to be ready. Are you ready?