Looking Ahead

 The other day I was walking through the Cracker Barrel in Pell City and noticed a shirt that simply said “Poor planning on your part, does not constitute an emergency on my part”. How true that really is. Planning is something that we must take very seriously, both in our own lives, and in the Lords church. We know from God’s word that Jesus is busy now preparing a place for us in Heaven (John 14:2-3). Great leaders which are revealed to us through God’s word are known to be men who spent much time in preparation. Moses was a man who spent eighty years (Ex 7:7) in preparation for forty years of work, the life of Noah reveals a man who was 500 years old at the time he had his children (Gen 5:32), and 600 years old when the floodwaters fell on the earth (Gen 7:6).

 God expects us to prepare today. I have heard it said many times, and have even included it in articles in this bulletin that “Heaven is a prepared place, for a prepared people” (unknown). We know that Jesus had gone to prepare Heaven for us (John 14:2), but we must prepare to go there. Only those who live a life pleasing to God will be in Heaven in eternity, and we know that our Bible is the only source we have to seek out those things which please God. God expects us to spend time in study of His word (Rom 10:17), why? Because our faith can not grow without it, and because we God will not be pleased unless we have faith in those things He has said (Heb 11:6).

 Preparation is not only important in the area of going to heaven, but also it is crucial in the work of the church. Preparation must be made for the future if the church is to be what God expects it to be. As individual members we must prepare ourselves to spend time in the work of the church, and we must prepare ourselves to be here for every worship service. Spend time now in making the upcoming year a great year here at Logan Martin