Why I wrote “Ready” A Spoken Word Poem

If the title confuses you,  go to this link,  you will be able to watch the video I’m going to be talking about: http://libertyfilm.org

 

Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. Matthew 24:44

 Two years ago, I sat at my desk contemplating this; am I ready? Ready for what you may ask, ready for death. You may think this to be a rather odd thought coming from a fifteen-year-old, but I think everyone has thought about being ready for death at some point in their life. As I sat in my chair, I began to think about how I would have answered this question in the past. I was raised in a Christian household, so from an early age, I knew the key was Jesus. That might sound rather vague to you, probably because it was vague in my own mind as well at that time. I believed the key was God being pleased with me and if he was, that was all that was necessary to make sure I was ready for death. I had always heard about God’s grace, but it took me a while to truly make the connection.  The unfortunate and glorious truth that I began to learn, was that no one had the capability to please God on their own. Furthermore that I was mocking God by attempting to win his favor by my good works. This grace that I had heard about finally made sense!  It was the work of Jesus on the cross that would make me ready for death.

He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit. Titus 3:5

There I sat, seeing the faults in my beliefs of old, but also understanding that the notion that we have the ability to win God’s favor is all too prevalent in our culture. What did I do? I wrote  “Ready” a Spoken Word Poem.  I’m not going to be more profound than that today, but I would encourage you to watch the video in the link above and pass it on to your friends! Thank-you for reading and I’ll be back next week.

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