Preparation

Morning – and yes it really is “morning” at 5am. The wind woke my up and as I couldn’t sleep thought I would have some extra quiet time before a busy work day starts – Tavistock today.

Anyway, I couldn’t resist posting this thought…

Isaiah 1 v 11-17 took me back to the consideration of meeting “The King”.

“The multitude of your sacrifices— what are they to me?” says the LORD. “I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals; I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.  ” and so it goes on.

Remember to whom God was speaking—His people, those with whom He had made the Old Covenant. He was not rejecting their sacrifices or the keeping of the holy days. He was angry that they went through the rituals without the humility to submit to His great moral law in their daily lives.

We have the tendency to think of worship as something we do at a designated time and in a certain place, usually once a week. However, religion and worship in the biblical sense involve all of life. Christianity is a way of life (Acts 9:2; 19:9, 23; 22:4) and a relationship with Jesus who we remember at this time of year as coming as a baby. Worship is the reflection of God living in the person no matter what he or she may be doing. It is his/her response to God, his/her interaction with Him. So because of this, the Bible covers every aspect of life. A person truly interacting with God is worshipping God whether at church, work, play, or home. He/she will strive to glorify God in every situation.

So my whole lives need to be living as though I am preparing to meet The King. I should not just dump an act of worship at the Throne of grace as some kind of quick gift once a week but rather give my life daily. Esther took 12 months in preparation to meet the King so God teaches us that  preparing is very important. Paul reminds us to die daily.

It might be early in the morning, but I pray that God will work in me to learn the lesson of preperation.

Mark

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