Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ, our Passover, is sacrificed for us.
1 Corinthians 5:7
Men are good at preparing. They’ll stay up late Friday night getting ready for Saturday’s fishing trip. They’ll spend hours organizing a basement workshop before beginning a project. They’ll devote a week preparing for Saturday’s tailgate party at the football stadium. And they’ll study catalogs all summer looking for the perfect fall hunting jacket.
The men of the Old Testament were charged by God with certain preparations as well: preparations for worship. At the first Passover, men were to select a perfect lamb, slaughter it, put its blood on the doorpost, roast the meat, and make sure the house was cleansed of leaven. Do men–or women–spend as much time preparing for worship today? What kinds of preparation should be made? Prayer, meditation on Scripture, repairing relationships, helping children get ready to appreciate the Sunday worship experience, preparation for the Lord’s Supper–there are lots of ways to make worship more meaningful.
This Saturday, try to keep Sunday in mind. Try to give it the kind of preparation that will make it a day to remember.
Worship is to Christian living what the mainspring is to the watch.–Lawrence R. Axelson (From Turning Point)