PEOPLE GET READY

PEOPLE GET READY

“Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps lit. “Be like men who are waiting for their master when he returns from the wedding feast, so that they may immediately open the door to him when he comes and knocks.”
Lk.12:35,36

The last day of our trip to North Carolina Parris and I took a ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. It was like a trip into the past of Western North Carolina. It was fun listening to the accents of the conductor and all of the railroad staff, it was so thick that if I didn’t know better I would think it had been staged. Then there was the passing through the little towns, going over the old bridges, passing by old railroad stations, it was quite a trip into nostalgia. The thing that really struck me is what happened at our only stop. The conductor (plus everyone else that worked for the railroad) warned us repeatedly about being back to the train on time. They said we are leaving promptly at 2 o’clock, if you are not there you are on your own. They seemed pretty serious, no one wanted to find out the ramifications if they got left behind. The short stop for lunch left little time for leisure. At the stop, there was the sit down “leisurely lunch” or Joe’s Barbecue, we settled for barbecue, we didn’t want to miss the train.
The whole ride back all I could think about was people missing that train. Suddenly I remembered a song from the sixties, “People Get Ready” by Curtis Mayfield. Here are the lines from the song that kept going around in my head.

“People get ready, there’s a train a comin’
You don’t need no baggage, you just get on board
All you need is faith to hear the diesels hummin’
Don’t need no ticket, you just thank the Lord

People get ready for the train to Jordan
It’s picking up passengers from coast to coast
Faith is the key, open the doors and board ’em
There’s hope for all among those loved the most.

There ain’t no room for the hopeless sinner
Who would hurt all mankind just to save his own
Have pity on those whose chances grow thinner
For there’s no hiding place against the Kingdom’s throne

So people get ready, there’s a train a comin’
You don’t need no baggage, you just get on board
All you need is faith to hear the diesels hummin’
Don’t need no ticket, you just thank the Lord”

As I reflected on the urgency in the voice of the conductor I was struck with the urgency of the hour we live in. There is a gospel train coming for all the children of God, there is an urgency in the Spirit in this generation, whatever you do, get ready for the train. Just like at the lunch time, there is little time for leisure, there is work to be done before the train departs. How do you get ready? Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. How do you stay ready? Walk by the power of the Holy Spirit. It is one thing to get left behind by The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, it is an entirely different matter to miss the gospel train. The last thing I heard the conductor say was, “Don’t be late, there is not another train or a taxi service”. All I can say is “Amen to that. Come quickly Lord Jesus”.

3 Replies to “PEOPLE GET READY”

  1. “Be like men who are waiting for their master” – As I read that part of scripture something inside of me screamed out. It is because I want not to be there because of obedience to my master but because of my love for Him in response of what has done for me, saving my soul. OH YEAH; no doubt He is my master, my God – but He is so much more.
    How can I stay attentive with love awaiting His arrival? The secret is in the blog, “Walk by the power of the Holy Spirit.” And when I do that I cannot help but do the next part, “Just like at the lunch time, there is little time for leisure, there is work to be done before the train departs.” Sharing the gospel to others because of His compassion that is in me right up still the final trumpet blast (gospel train whistle blowing)!
    AWESOME analogy! I’ll be with my brothers and sisters soon singing our praise to our train engineer, closest friend & brother.

  2. Thanks for reminding us all to be ready. Sometimes some of us think that we have to get ready to be ready. When in actuality being ready means at any instant a change could come-at any time!Constant moving towards the mark of our calling keeps us ready to get on board the train of our destiny.

  3. My first time up there with my wife I couldn’t stop thinking “Mountains bow down and the seas will roar at the sound of your name,” from “Shout to the Lord.” (I wept.) But I love “People get ready,” and it was a joy to play it last week….

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