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There’s a good reason for the toolbox, spare bottles of oil, spare fanbelt, jumper cables and a gallon of water being stored in a locked compartment of my truck bed.

I want to be ready for most of the ways that trouble might start brewing for the truck’s engine.

I’d hate to be stuck on a remote stretch of road late at night simply because I didn’t have another fanbelt or water for a leaking radiator or whatever.

It’s SO much easier to just keep an extra in the vehicle in case it is needed.

This same principle of being prepared for the “what if” applies, of course, in all sorts of settings.

Including the spiritual.

Jesus taught about the need not only for coming to faith — as in when one gains the “lamp” of salvation through conversion — but also about the need for an enduring faith — as in maintaining faith through daily replenishment via prayer and learning.

The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps.” (Matthew 25:3-4).

The verse above is from the Parable of the 10 Virgins and teaches that there is a terrible cost to spiritual complacency.

I encourage you to keep yourself prepared for the “What if it happens today?” of Christ’s return. Be living the life that He’ll approve and that shows you’re sincerely wanting to be ready for Him. I certainly need to do the same.

If we’re in His will, His Word and His Way, with our faith empowering us and His Spirit filling our “jars,” our Light will shine and He’ll clearly see that we are His. This is why active involvement with a Bible-teaching congregation is SO important.

If we’re not keeping ourselves prepared by seeking His will and His Word to fill us, our Light will fade and we just might be in the dark when He returns.

Please, be prepared.

I want to see you at the wedding banquet.

As always, I love you
Martin

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Avoiding lame excuses is a key life skill that we manage with varying degrees of success.

Most of us typically reject the temptation to hide our laziness or selfishness behind the facade of some external threat or circumstantial fluke.

But none of us are perfect at this.

Even the strongest Christian has moments when someone asks him or her about why this or that hasn’t been done and then, rather than acknowledge a temporarily selfish moment, the believer points the finger at a quickly concocted excuse.

Our responsibility as believers is to do our best for others — including God — at all times. Our reality is that we don’t meet that test at times with volunteer tasks at church or in a neighbor’s overgrown yard or with a single mom relative who needs a day-long break from watching her kids.

“I’ll help you some other time,” we say to soothe our consciences, but then we don’t.

We must realize that integrity is a prerequisite for influence.

If you and I are to have the influence for Christ that God desires and the unsaved world needs, we must resist the temptation to be like the person King Solomon described in Proverbs 22:13.

“The sluggard says, ‘There’s a lion outside! I’ll be killed in the public square!'”

It’s a dishonorable thing to be known as a sluggard, a King James-style word for lazy bum.

Solomon is not advising that we step outside to fight a lion over a bag of groceries. Rather, Solomon is mocking the attitude that rejects the call to work because of a statistically unlikely event that might happen.

The term “public square” is key in discerning Solomon’s message.

This wasn’t about a man refusing to go into a mountain forest in search of mushrooms for a wife who wanted a gourmet salad. Such a solo trek would have been risky in Bible days.

This instead was about a guy who wouldn’t even go out his front door to the public market in search of work where all sorts of people would be milling around and a mountain lion would be the LAST thing one would expect to see.

And that doesn’t even consider the fact that with so many people in the square to choose from, the lion’s chomping on the sluggard would be even more unlikely to occur.

Please pray for any sluggards that you know. They’re in need of spiritual transformation in order to be set free from bondage to excuses.

And please join me in praying for revelation in how we slip periodically into being sluggard-like.

There’s too much to do for the Kingdom to spend our time cooking up excuses as to why we can’t.

As always, I love you
Martin

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