Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. — 1 Corinthians 16:13
You’ve very likely heard about the Pony Express, the historically famous mail service between St. Joseph, Missouri, and the West Coast. This service depended on constant movement and readiness between a series of relay stations spaced 10 to 15 miles apart. And over the course of 10 days, a parcel could travel thousands of miles because of the riders’ coordination.
Here’s how it worked: When a rider was approaching the next station, he would shout as loud as he could, giving the station master very short notice that he would be needed outside waiting with a fresh horse. This ensured the fastest possible delivery over a very long distance.
For the riders of the Pony Express, readiness made all the difference. And in much the same way, we as believers are to live life with a sense of readiness. We’re to be ready to share Jesus at a moment’s notice. We’re to be ready to defend our faith when it’s challenged. And ultimately, we’re to be ready for Jesus to return any day.
It can be easy to get lost in the monotony of our day-to-day lives. But we can’t let the tasks of the day distract us from what’s really important. Be ready to give reason for the hope that’s in you. Be ready for Jesus to return any day now. Live ready!
Ask God to help you live life with the readiness to share Christ or to go home with Jesus at any moment.
Questions for thought
Why do you think it’s important to live with a sense of readiness to share your faith?
What are some reasons you can think of that God hasn’t told us when Jesus would return? What does living ready for that event look like to you?