Last week I told the fictional story of Johnny & Sue as they tried to get ready for church on Sunday morning, hardly ready for what the Lord had for them at church. We spend our lives preparing, but we often do not think of preparing for church. Over the next several weeks, I am going to give you some practical steps that you can take to prepare yourself for church, which will help you become better listeners to the preaching of God's Word. These are very short snippets from my book, Helping Johnny Listen.
Today's advice? COME TO CHURCH RESTED! We all know what it is like coming to church and struggling to stay awake. We all know what it is like to be like the cartoon character whose eyelids weigh a couple hundred pounds. We have all probably struggled to not fall asleep at some point at church in our life. The cure for this? Come to church rested.
We can do this when we get a good night's sleep. Sleep is a valuable part of life and extremely necessary for the body. Avoid working so hard or staying up so late that you do not get the sleep necessary before Sunday. But also don't be lazy on Saturday. Proverbs 19:15 says, "Laziness casts into a deep sleep." The lazier you are the more lazy you will become. Get a good night's sleep, but don't lay around all day on Saturday so that you become more sluggish when Sunday rolls around.
We can also come to church rested when we get some physical exercise. Being physically active will give you more energy and allow you to sit still for the time needed to hear from God from His preached Word.
My youth pastor used to tell me in high school that Sunday morning begins Saturday night. That is so true. So as you are about your business today, don't forget that what you are doing will impact how you will be prepared tomorrow for church.