Always Ready
Matthew 24:44
Therefore be you also ready: for in such an hour as you think not the Son of man comes.

Sir Colin Campbell, when summoned to go to India to quell the rebellion, was asked, "How long would it take him to get ready?" He replied promptly, "Half-an-hour." As a good soldier he lived in constant readiness for the call of duty. What a lesson for Christian soldiers! Suetonius tells us that it was a piece of Julius Caesar's policy never to fore-acquaint his soldiers of any set time of removal or onset, that he might ever have them in readiness to draw forth whithersoever he would. Christ, in like manner, who is called the "Captain of our salvation" (Hebrews 2:10). Our enemy is always ready to annoy us; should we not therefore look to our stand, and be vigilant? Solomon's wisdom, Lot's integrity, and Noah's sobriety, felt the smart of the serpent's sting. The first was seduced, the second stumbled, and the third fell, while the eye of watchfulness was fallen asleep.

(John Trapp.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

WEB: Therefore also be ready, for in an hour that you don't expect, the Son of Man will come.

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