Growing up in my grandparents’ house we prepared for worship.
On Saturday, we chose our clothes for Sunday; shoes shined, missing buttons replaced, hems repaired as needed. Everything laid out and ready to prevent any incidentals, if possible.
My grandparents stirred early on the First day of the week. I was awakened to the clanking of pots and pans and the savory scents of pork roast, mustard greens, macaroni and corn bread. The meal would be prepared so that after church we only needed to warm it up.
Later in the morning, with breakfast eaten and Sunday go to meeting clothes donned, we sat in the living room to watch the Bobby Jones Show.
The Bobby Jones Show displayed the most talented gospel singers and musicians. This was our prerequisite to Sunday school. When the Bobby Jones singers sang their closing song, the television was turned off, we loaded the car and off to church we went.
In retrospect, I see that my grandparents were teaching a very important lesson. Their curriculum was non-traditional for their educational era of lectures and students sitting quietly at their desks.
With wisdom they taught object lessons.
The Vaught family weekend procedures, their meal planning and prep and the black and white television joined in unity to help me understand the seriousness of preparing to worship.
In Exodus 19 we find God’s invitation to the Israelites to meet him at Mount Sinai. The invitation requested formal attire. You could not just rush in there looking a hot mess. He told them to prepare for the meeting.
10 the Lord said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their garments 11 and be ready for the third day. For on the third day the Lord will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.
The original word here translated consecrate is Qadash, meaning to sanctify, prepare, dedicate, be hallowed, be holy, be separate, ethically/behaviorally, materially or both.
God used the same word in Genesis 2:3 when he sanctified the seventh day, preparing if for something special. It wasn’t to be like any other day. The Sabbath day was a planned meeting with his children.
Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it he rested from all His work which God had created and made.
Our father knowing how busy he would be maintaining and sustaining the whole world in his hands, put us on his calendar for some quality time!
We are important to God, so important, our date takes priority. Let’s start now preparing to meet him.
What needs to be washed? Are there attitudes or behaviors that will leave a stench in God’s nostrils?
Have you picked out the clothes? Take the time to learn what to wear and what not to wear to this grand event with our maker. Allow me to recommend a stylist.
Have you prepared for worship? You still have time. It’s a date. Your father is waiting on you.