From the Message of
Bread Upon The Waters Ministry
Are You Sure You Are Ready? Here is a Scripturally sound quiz to help you to measure your spiritual preparedness.
The Bible makes it very clear that only being prepared spiritually will have any value when the Great Tribulation begins. Material preparations may be useless or worse. The Bible also makes it clear that you can think you are ready and yet be in deep trouble. This page is here to help you evaluate your own spiritual status insofar as being ready.
Many Christians are making the mistake of assuming they are ready, often just because they are Christians. Christians have become red-faced angry even at the suggestion that they might not be ready.
The fact that Jesus addressed His warnings about being ready to His disciples, His closest followers; and not to the unsaved masses, clearly implies that just being a Christian isn't enough.
Never assume that you are ready! St. Paul didn't; see I Corinthians 9: 24 - 27 and Philippians 3: 12 - 16. If he, at the height of his ministry, was not "sitting on his blessed assurance", how much less should we?
Matthew 7:21-23 shows that you can even believe you are "Spirit-filled", especially because you frequently manifest Sign Gifts, and yet be anything but ready.
The list below shows some of what you should and shouldn't be doing. These are all based on the topics addressed in the "Strangers and Pilgrims" and "Thy Kingdom Come" pages. There are solid Scriptural grounds for every question.
If you can't honestly answer "yes" to most of these questions, you can be sure that you aren't ready. Answer less than seven of them with a "yes" and you are in serious trouble. It will take 12 or better for you to consider yourself ready. If can you answer "yes" to all but #15, though, you may still be in big trouble.
Of course, there are many other ways of getting into spiritual trouble besides the ones referred to below, but if you are doing the right things in regard to these issues, you are probably in good shape otherwise.
Understand that these questions are meant as Scripturally-based guidelines, not rules written in stone. Nevertheless, if you think that these questions are too legalistic, it means you are a typical Laodicean Christian and that even though you may believe that you are living a good Christian life, you are in trouble deep.
So take the test!
- Do you really expect the Second Coming, and are you really and seriously living that way? If your answer is "no", you may already be in trouble.
- Do you usually spend a minimum of one hour in prayer (total) every day, and do you include regular periods of fasting in your prayer life?
- If the answer to the above is yes, is the majority of your prayer time spent interceding for other people?
- Do you also usually spend a minimum of one hour a day reading, studying and meditating on the Scriptures? (The Scriptures, period, as opposed to other "inspirational" or "devotional" literature.)
- Are you a committed member of a Church or Fellowship Group that really believes in the authority of, and preaches the Word?
- Do you give time on a regular basis to doing something that constitutes being a servant to your fellow Christians? (Your fellow Christians, period, as opposed to the unsaved; needy or otherwise.)
- Do you tithe and then some?
- Do you automatically, from your heart (though not necessarily to the face), forgive anyone who does anything wrong to you? (No grudges, resentments, bitterness, suppressed anger, spitefulness, etc.)
- Do you regularly do or give to things that constitute obedience to the Great Commission? (personal evangelism, giving to missions, etc.)
- Do you conscientiously refrain from getting involved in doctrinal disputes?
- Do you avoid being preoccupied with unnecessary material possessions or pursuits?
- Do you avoid regularly reading fiction of any kind (including so-called Christian fiction)?
- Do you avoid regularly listening to popular, secular music?
- Do you avoid watching anything but the News, educational, and Christian programming on TV?
- Do you otherwise avoid involvement with the secular world of arts, entertainment and sports generally?
- Do you avoid having anything whatsoever to do with anything that has to do with fortune telling, the occult, the New Age Movement, Eastern Religions, etc.?
If you can't answer "yes" to most of items 2 - 9, you are probably failing to perform as the Lord intended. You aren't living the Christian life you should, and therefore you are not spiritually prepared. You are also likely to be involved with some form of false doctrine, especially if you answered "no" to #4 & #5. It must be admitted though, that a Church that really preaches the Word can be hard to find these days. A Fellowship Group that meets in your own home can satisfy #5.
(It must also be acknowledged that, contrary to what some Christians legalistically maintain, there is, materially, such a thing as a "Lone Ranger Christian". Sometimes the Lord will lead a Christian apart from the Body at large for the purpose of accomplishing some special ministry. Usually, though, that is a temporary situation, only lasting a few years before He leads that Christian back into fellowship.)
Jesus told us to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to ever person. He said to make disciples of all nations. In the original Greek, He meant "everybody". A Christian who does not do anything to contribute to this cause is not completely obeying the Lord, no matter how good a Christian life he is living otherwise.
Note that in items 10 - 16 the words "refrain" and "avoid" are used. Jesus and St. Paul would probably have said "totally abstain" if they had written this quiz, especially #16. If you can't answer "yes" to most of them, the odds are you are into idolatry. One of the primary requirements for being ready is that we be separate from the world. That's what these questions are about. See II Corinthians 6:14 - 18.
Don't be surprised or feel yourself "fingered out" if the test results say you aren't ready. The fact that the Church of Laodicea is rejected by Christ shows that most of the Christians in it are failing to perform as the Lord requires.
However, please understand that this checklist is meant to warn you, not condemn you. It is meant to identify problems you need to deal with if you want to be ready. For your own good, understand it that way and act on it.
The Lord did not set us free to indulge in sin and worldliness. Neither are we free to neglect doing the things He told us to do. He set us free from the power of sin, to be inwardly and outwardly righteous. See Matthew 5:17-20. The context of the entire Sermon on the Mount shows that Jesus wasn't just talking about righteousness by faith. Again, looking at Matthew 5:13-16 and John 15:1-8. it becomes obvious that the Lord requires performance. If Jesus was teaching in the Churches today, He would probably be denounced as a legalist. See also I Corinthians 3:11-15 and James 2:20.
"Cheap grace" will not make you ready.
The Lord requires performance!
(When you think about Ephesians 2:8 & 9, include verse 10,
and relate that to James 2:20.)
Anyone who teaches contrary to this teaches lies of the devil.
"NEVER ASSUME YOU'RE READY!!!"
Contact Author: William D. Brehm