Sundays – First Service 8:45a | Formation Hour 10:10a | Second Service 11:15a


Are You A Prepper of God’s Word?
by Jim Caudell

December 17, Thursday – Psalms 50, 59, 60, 33; Zech. 4:1–14; Rev. 4:9–5:5; Matt. 25:1–13
(ESV Daily Office Readings Online)

The World is in chaos. If you follow the news, it seems that disaster is lurking around every corner. It may be true or it may not but regardless, preppers (people who prepare for worst-case scenarios) are stocking their shelves, backpacks and underground shelters with the necessities needed to survive life on this earth when everything turns sour. They spend their days making storage lists, rotating stock, buying ammo, water filters, MREs and survival gear that would make even Bear Grylls proud. 

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m a believer in being prepared well beyond just knowing that it’s a Boy Scout motto. My wife and I have taken measures to improve our families survival. Just short of a zombie apocalypse, I pray we’ll be OK.

Speaking of zombies… I have a confession to make, I enjoy watching The Walking Dead series on AMC. However, beyond the storyline being fixated around the remaining few people on Earth surviving a never-ending legion of undead shoppers inside a locked Wal-mart store, that’s not what makes TWC special…

What makes it spectacular is the storyline that brings to light the continuous moral and personal struggle with what makes us “human” beyond flesh and bone. To me it defines every beings desire and ultimate realization that there’s more to this life than the here-and-now.

Matthew 26 says that “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak” so how can we be so bold to prepare in advance for and all of life’s imaginary and real dangers and not prepare for our eventual life with our glorious God? We must be prepared for something more than survival within this lifetime.

Have you prepared yourself through the word of God to be disciplined and compassionate in your ways toward your fellow man? Have you given to the least of us? Have you put God first? Matthew 25 states that only the foolish take their lamps into the night with no oil. When the time comes for our savior to call us home will our lamps be prepared with oil to light the way or will we be shut out and in darkness because of our unwise choices of this earth?

Matthew 25:13 says to “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.” To be prepared for His return would make you indeed a wise bride and trustful servant before the Lord.

No one gets out alive (in flesh at least) which makes this the ultimate test of preparedness. Everlasting life is promised to us that keep God’s commandments and faith. By His holy ways, you’ll be a true and devoted “prepper” who’s used their talent to the glory of God for his coming arrival on this earth.

Image by Melissa Johnson (used by permission via Creative Commons).