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What does it mean to prepare for something? My dictionary states: to put things or oneself in readiness; to get ready.
In Esther Chapter 2:12-17 it talks about the time that Esther was given to prepare her self to meet the king of Persia. This was not a short time but it was 12 months to get her body ready, her mannerisms and her walking. She had to be just right in order for her to be allowed to have her meeting with the King.
Esther is not the only one that had to prepare for meeting a king. There was also Joseph. He was a favorite son. He was given the best of everything and this got to wearing on his brothers. Then one night he was given a dream that he would become very important and his family would bow down to him. It took being mistreated, sold for a slave, which he served for about 10 years and thrown in jail for about 3 years where he still served as a servant in jail and in the end about 13 years before he was ready to meet the king and fulfill his dream. It was about another 8 years before he saw his family again. Then there was Moses. He was trained in the ways of the Lord by his mother, but grew up in the palace 40 years and knew all of the Royal protocol and felt that he was above the law of the land. The ways of the Lord started eating at him and he started following the ways of the Lord but in his own strength. But the Lord had other plans for him so when Moses was out of the Royal influence the Lord had to break him down and start over. Moses was 40 years in the wilderness, with the High Priest of Midian being retrained before the Lord had him to where he could use him. Then Christ tells about the Prodigal Son. He was raised in the best of everything but he developed an attitude and left home. Christ doesn’t tell how long he was gone but long enough to hit bottom. It was the worst thing a Jewish boy could do, to slop hogs. His attitude had been changed, he was no longer the know it all. He was willing to accept the knowledge that his Father had and learn from him under his authority. When he came home his Father met him on the road and welcomed him home, but then he had to be cleaned up with the right clothes, rings and shoes. Then there was Saul or Paul. He was educated with the best and he knew the law as good as anyone, but when the Lord got a hold of him on the road to Damascus he had to show him who was boss. Paul ended up 3 years preparing in the knowledge of the Lord before the Lord used him, and several more years being beaten, cast into prison, killed and shipwrecked before he stood before the earthly king.
Each one of these had a time that was set aside for them to prepare to meet the king. Each one had to at some time learn the royal protocol to understand how to approach the king and speak to him otherwise it was possible they would have died or at least been unable to fulfill their God given tasks. Each one was put into a position to accomplish a specific task. All but Paul was to set in motion a plan to save the Jews. Before he was converted Saul’s mission was to get the Christians to leave the center of the Christian world, Jerusalem, and get into the rest of the world to spread the word of God. Then when he was converted Paul stopped killing the Christians and was to preach to the Gentiles the way of salvation. Each had to learn what they were to do and how they were to go about doing it.
Lets look at us for a minute. We have a job to do. We are to spread the Gospel. How are we to do this? We have to know the Word of God. We have to understand what it is all about. We have to know Jesus through the word of God. This takes time. We have to study the word of God and the life of Christ. How much time do we spend on this? Some really dig in others spend about 1 hour a month if that. How can we justify the small amount of time that we are spending on getting ready to meet the King of Kings and Lord of Lords when these other people spent at least a year just to get ready to meet an earthly king. When we stand before the Lord, and everyone will stand before him, will we know the Royal Protocol on how to present ourselves to him? We must quit thinking so much about ourselves, each of these found out that it was not about them it was about them but it was about the mission of the Lord Jesus Christ on earth. We must forget about what we want and start thinking about what He wants and what he likes. We have to remember that it is not about us it is about Jesus Christ and God the Father. Who we are and what we want is irrelevant. When we start thinking about Christ and forget about us then we will be in a position to gain his favor and get things done. We have to focus on the King Jesus Christ and not on everything that is going on around us. When we learn his ways then we can receive his favor. When you get the Kings favor then you can influence the entire kingdom instead of the little bits and pieces that we are seeing from time to time. His favor doesn’t come with 5-minute intervals of preparation.
Just think about it are you focusing on the king or are you focusing on the things around you and what you can get from him? As Paul explained it is possible to gain the whole world and loose our own soul. It all depends on where our focus is, because where your focus is that is where you are going to put your priorities and your heart will follow your priorities.
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