The word “prepare” means: “To make ready beforehand for a specific purpose, as for an event or occasion.” We go through various routines to prepare for work, school, meetings, church, a party and of course, a wedding. There’s another event we need to prepare for and it’s the Lord’s return. In Matthew 23:42 Jesus said, “So be prepared, for you don’t know what day your Lord is coming.” Then He went on to explain what He meant in Matthew 24:43-47, “43 But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. 44 For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will. 45 Who then is the faithful and sensible slave, whom his master has put in charge of his household, to give them their food at the proper time? 46 Blessed is the slave, whom his master finds so doing when he comes.47 Truly I say to you, that he will put him in charge of all his possessions.”

Spiritual preparation is focused on Christ’s coming. Knowing that Christ’s return will be sudden and unexpected should motivate us always to be prepared. We are not to live irresponsibly – sitting and waiting, doing nothing; seeking self-serving pleasures; using his tarrying as an excuse not to do God’s work of building His kingdom; developing a false security based on precise calculations of events; or letting our curiosity about the end times divert us from doing God’s work.

Spiritual preparation is an act of faith. If you have not placed your faith in Christ as Savior, you are not prepared to meet God. The church is the Bride of Christ. One day there will be a wedding ceremony and all believers will be invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb (Rev. 19:9) Are you spiritually ready?​