By Patrick Hawthorne
God has already prepared what is needed for prepared people…Cynthia Jenkins
Not too long ago my pastor made an interesting comment from the pulpit. He said, “It could be that you are not moving into what God has for you because you are not preparing to be prepared.” That statement at first sounded a bit odd but then I realized it held a remarkable truth. To be prepared is either past or present tense meaning that we are ready, set, and all systems are “Go.” In other words, for us to be prepared there must first be a preparing process.
Pastor recounted how, in his early days before stepping into full time ministry, he would pray, “O’ Lord, open doors for me.” One day, as he prayed, “O’ Lord, open doors for me,” he heard within his spirit, “If I did open the door, you wouldn’t have anything to say.” What a shocking revelation!
It was then that Pastor realized that he was not prepared even if God did open the ministry door for him. At that point, he set out to pray, study, and to wait upon the Lord. He put together messages although he had no one to preach them to and nowhere to preach. As he said, he was preparing to be prepared to walk through the door when it opened.
What about you? Maybe you feel with all that is within you that God has called you to do something. Yet, that door just does not seem to want to open. Instead of pointing your finger at God and blaming Him for crushing your dreams, consider that you might be the problem. Consider that you are not prepared should that door open.
The Bible gives a great example of this with the parable of the ten virgins (Matthew 25:1-13). The five foolish virgins were waiting to walk through the door with the groom’s party…yet they were not prepared. They were expecting to walk through the door with the groom’s party…yet they were not prepared. They felt the call to walk through the door with the groom’s party…. yet they were not prepared. Think about it. Are you preparing to be prepared? Be blessed.