The motto of the Boy Scouts is "Be Prepared." To fulfil that motto they learn how to build a fire, pitch a tent, tie a knot, and follow a trail. "Be Prepared" could also be the motto of the Christian.
Jesus often taught us to be prepared for His return. There is that strange
parable of the Unjust Steward (Luke 16:1-13) who, having cheated his employer,
cheated him again in the hope of getting a job with someone else. Jesus did not
commend that man's character or integrity, nor did He recommend his business
practices. Jesus told the story to illustrate one point only: the man made some
preparation for the future.
The parable of the bridesmaids (Matt. 25:10) also emphasizes the need to be
prepared. Five had brought sufficient oil for their lamps to keep burning
through the night. The other five had, foolishly not made sufficient
Along twisting highways in the southern Appalachian mountains one often saw
hand painted on rocks "Prepare to Meet God." The next death defying
curve gave immediacy to the warning. One never knows if such well-meaning
warnings were ever heeded, but believers need always to prepared for the return
of our Lord. "So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come
at an hour when you do not expect him. Matthew 24:44 (NIV.)