I worked in a machine shop for 4 1/2 years alongside a fellow named George. His job was to sweep and clean out the shavings underneath the huge lathes and machines we were running. George was born again, and he loved the teaching of Scripture on prophecy. I remember hearing him sing hymns as he worked. Many of them had to do with the coming of Christ, such as “In the Sweet By and By” and “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder.”
Late one Friday afternoon about 10 minutes to quitting time when we were all weary, I looked at George and said, “George, are you ready?”
He said “Uh-huh.” But he was all dirty. He was just obviously not ready. In fact, he looked like
he was ready to keep on working.
I said, “Aren’t you ready to go home?”
He said, “Yeah, I’m ready.”
I said “Look at you! Man, you’re not ready. You’ve gotta go clean up.”
“No,” he said, “let me show you something.”
So he unzipped his coveralls and underneath were the neatest, cleanest clothes you can imagine.
He had them all ready. All he did when the whistle blew was just unzip and step out of that
coverall, walk up, and punch his clock and he was gone.
He said, “You see, I stay ready to keep from gettin’ ready – just like I’m ready for Jesus!”