Preparation Is Everything

Mark Office

Greetings In The Name Of The Lord:

1 Peter 3:15 (NLT)

15 Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.

Have you ever been sitting in the break room at work or somewhere during lunchtime with your friend or coworker, and begin to eat your lunch that you brought from home? Your friend or coworkers lunch is made from homemade fluffy bread, that’s a two-hander meal, stacked with fresh lettuce, chopped tomatoes, a slice of cheddar cheese with a dill pickle on the side…Not to mention the side items of a small dish of macaroni salad or chopped fruit, topped with a slice of cake wrapped in cellophane. While yours is just a couple of pieces of flattened bread with bologna and cheese and a smear of mayo, a stale bag of chips that has been hiding in the back of your pantry, and a coagulated plastic dish of pharmaceutically sealed jello pudding. As you look at their lunch, and discretely wipe the drool from the corner of your mouth, you let out a silent sigh, and munch down on your quick-grab lunch. Many times when we come to church, we just slap ourselves together and come to church to expect something to wow us, just as you were “wowed” with your co-workers carefully prepared lunch. We need to do more than just the “grab n’ go” when it comes to worshipping our God. In addition, we must always be ready to share our Christian faith with others. Sharing our faith, like worshipping God, will take preparation. Jesus promised us the Holy Spirit would remind us of things we had learned, but if we have not put in the time and preparation by studying the word he has little to work with in us. Preparation is everything. Preparation in prayer, the Word, in worship, and in the Spirit. Are you prepared?

In Christ,

Pastor Mark


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