Tomorrow is corporate worship. Are you prepared? Is your family prepared?
Are you ready to gather with the church to engage in corporate worship? The corporate gathering is not a spectator sport or movie. Corporate worship is a continuation of your daily worship. It will require an engaged mind, a willing voice to sing, a desire to meet those around you and serve them, a Bible, note pad for notes, and your attention. Romans 12:1, “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” Are you prepared to humble yourself to exalt God with other worshippers in the church? Are you ready to edify those around you and be attentive in worship to be conformed into His image?
Have you prayed for tomorrow’s corporate gathering? Pray for your pastor throughout the week as he studies and prepares for tomorrow’s message. Pray the Word would edify believers and bring unbelievers to reconciliation with the Father in heaven. Pray your motives would be focused on exalting Him. Pray for the singing and those leading the music. Be prepared to focus on content and not worry if the leadership does it another way then you prefer.
Are you usually early, get there just before it starts, or late? If you’re not early, what hinders you from being on time? How can you resolve this problem? Do you stay up too late Saturday night? Can you go to bed earlier? Can you set out your clothes? Make something easy for breakfast? Husbands, what can you do to better serve your family so you are on time?
Have you talked to your children about why you gather corporately? Do they know you gather to exalt Christ and serve others?
Finally, when dressing for church consider God’s requirement for attire, “So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, clothe yourself with a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other . . . beyond all these things clothe yourself with love, which isn the perfect bond of unity” (Col. 3:12-14).