Over the past couple of days, we have learned that Peter and John were arrested, accused, excoriated and let go. Let me ask you this, do you think Peter and John were prepared to go to church in Acts 4:19-20? Apparently so!
How can we prepare our heart to meet God at church? We must pursue Christ throughout the week. The church in Acts 4 had a powerful service that day because the people had great “boldness” in their testimony for Christ every day. We cannot willfully rebel against God all week long and expect to draw close to Him for an hour or two on Sunday.
I truly believe we must prepare for Sunday on Saturday. I suspect that people, who do not encounter God in church on Sunday, do not honor Him on Saturday. You cannot stay up past midnight, get up late, rush around, speed to church, and arrive out-of-breath just as the class or services start and expect to meet Him. The more time we spend preparing to meet God the more powerful our encounter with Him will be on Sunday. Try going to bed a little earlier and praying for Sunday.
We must also prioritize our time with God. Do you think it is true that most people give much more priority to going to work on Monday than being in church on Sunday?
Some people use all kinds of excuses for not being in church that would never wash with their employer. If we can be faithful to a job for an earthly reward, why can’t we be faithful to God for a heavenly reward? If we want to “meet God,” we must prepare our heart first and foremost. Don’t miss tomorrow…