Are you a fly by the seat of your pants type of person or someone who plans everything out? I’ve typically been more of a “procrastinate until the last minute then get prepared in time” kind of person. Yet, the older I get, the more I see the importance of preparation.
In the church, there has often been an attitude that you don’t prepare so that God can move. That attitude is so anti-biblical it’s a joke. It usually has just been an excuse for laziness. If I could be honest, what I’ve discovered is that failing to prepare is preparing to fail!
Our creative team took an entire day this week to simply plan out the 2012 sermon calendar. Some people think that doesn’t allow God to move. I believe that the opposite is true. I believe that we must do the work and prepare, and then we allow God to change our course any time He wants!!
5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit
as surely as haste leads to poverty. (Prov 21:5)
Planning or preparing is not just something for ministry, but it is key to finding success in any area of your life.
- If you don’t prepare for retirement, you won’t get to retire.
- If you don’t prepare for a test, you’ll probably bomb the test.
- If you don’t come up with a plan for your finances, you’ll probably go backwards.
But it also applies to our relationship with Christ.
- If you don’t prepare your heart to hear from God, you’ll never quiet yourself enough to hear Him.
- If you don’t plan to serve, when opportunities arise, you’ll be too busy.
- If you don’t prepare yourself for God to use you, He probably won’t.
The truth is that if we want God to use us to change the world, we can’t just HOPE it happens. We have to prepare as though it WILL happen. We make plans to reach out to our co-workers and invite them. We prepare a meal for our neighbor so we can build a relationship with them. We prepare ourselves through our relationship with Christ so that He can use us!!
So, are you prepared for success? Are you prepared for God to use you this year?