Get ready, get ready, get ready and GO!
June 5, 2017
I've learned that getting ready for a camping trip, a vacation, a sermon, a work week is as important as the actual camping trip, vacation, sermon or work week. The getting ready... is critical to the success of the GO! If the preparation is not adequate.... then the GO can turn into an ineffective and sad mess. Jesus made that perfectly clear many times.
Jesus isn't interested in our rushing out in our own power to do things for Him. He wants us to GO but he wants us to GO prepared and empowered for success in what God want's us to do. What he wants is for our words and actions to be in line with what God is doing in the world. Just as Jesus directed His first disciples to wait on the Spirit as part of their preparation of a life of ministry, He directs us today to prepare as we wait on the Lord timing. We prepare ourselves to seek God's direction. Once the spirit moves us and we are ready, we move forward in the power of the Spirit and the GO changes the world.. Where do you need to prepare. Where do you need to seek the Spirit's power? What GO is worthy of your preparation and what GO needs God's power. If you don't need God's direction or God's power maybe your "Go" is not worthy of your life.
"On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: 'Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.'" Acts 1:4-5
Pray this prayer with me: God, right now, I stop. I'm waiting on you to hear me, to lead me, to give me direction, to a place where I will need the Spirit to empower me to live, love and be like you, in whose name I pray. Amen.