A great deal of our lives is spent on preparing and planning. If you are an athlete, a cook, a bride, or getting ready to retire, you have spent significant time planning and preparing. Success comes through preparation. It has been said, “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity”. You are misguided if you think success, excellence, victory, and triumph come without preparation. Occasionally someone finds it in the lottery, but basing your livelihood on a 1 in 20 million chance has its own problems. Hedge your bets on preparing to succeed rather than accidentally succeeding. Volumes have been written on preparing for success and some people make careers out of helping people prepare to succeed.
Even the Bible mentions the importance of preparation. Proverbs 24:27 says, “Prepare your work outside; get everything ready for yourself in the field, and after that build your house.” God sends John the Baptist to prepare Israel to receive the Messiah (I talked about this at Christmas).
I say all of this to give one instruction: Prepare for Sunday.
If you approach spiritual things passively, you can only be affected by others’ preaching to you and teaching you. If you add that to personal preparation through reading and prayer, the difference is multiplied in your life. I’ve heard many claim they weren’t “being fed” at church, or they “just didn’t get much out of it”. I often wonder if the fault lied in their lack of preparation rather than the pastor’s deficiency (which is what they infer).
If you have the desire to go to church and you genuinely want to follow Jesus, prepare for it.