Prepare To Be Prepared

I had never felt so welcome as I did arriving at this conference.

Exodus 40:1-38

Reference: “So the tabernacle was set up on the first day of the first month in the second year.” ‭‭Exodus‬ ‭40:17‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: Eight years ago I was invited to be a part of a leadership course. I didn’t know anyone else in attendance but went along keen to learn.

At the beginning of the conference the tables were all laid out in preparation for our arrival. As we walked in the door we were all greeted by name by all those involved.

We were escorted to our seat at the table which had our name plate on it as well as some gifts to assist us during the conference. It was clear that someone had prepared for us to be there.

I had never felt so welcome as I did arriving at this conference.

While there were many great speakers and much to learn across the whole conference one of the greatest things I learned was how to make someone truly feel welcome. I felt so important knowing that someone had really prepared my place at the conference and that they had planned and anticipated my attendance.

Application: When Moses was setting up the tabernacle he really went to great lengths to make sure everything was well prepared for. Everything was put in its correct place to prepare the way for God.

I know that these days we can connect with God at any time and we don’t have to set anything up to worship Him.

But if I felt so special having something done especially for me, then as an act of worship I would want to do the same for God.

When it comes to gathering for worship, the worship teams have usually done an incredible job to set up the service, but what have I done. At this stage of life, I struggle to get the family to church on time let alone prepare myself for worship.

Exodus 40, outlining the preparations for the tabernacle, has been a good reminder for me to take more time to prepare for God. Put aside the time and the space to commit to His worship and prepare yourself for all that He has in store for you.

Prayer: Lord, I prepare my head and my heart for Your presence. May I spend time committing myself to You so You feel welcome in my life. Amen.

How can you prepare yourself for God?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.