“Ready Always”

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”–I Peter 3:15

Many times in my childhood, and even until now, our family would take sudden trips to various places, far and near. Often we would ask my dad, “Where, how long, and when?” And often the answer is, “Just be ready.” As I grew up, I’ve learnt to be ready at a moment’s notice, packing up what I would need for any trip.

“Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you…” Being ready takes preparation, and it takes time–time to think over what you need, what you’ll say, etc. And the preparation to “give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you” is to “sanctify the Lord God in your hearts”. THAT is NOT an easy thing to do. To “sanctify the Lord God in your hearts” means to have a deeper relationship with our Saviour; it means to see and know the holiness of God; it means to depart from evil because there is the Holy Spirit within you. This is a continual spiritual battle between the flesh and the spirit, and between God’s host and the devil’s. The only way to be ready ALWAYS when someone asks about the blessed hope that we have is to be prepared, be sanctified in the Lord.

“Just be ready. Just be prepared.”