As I was reading earlier in the week, I began to ponder the following question: "What am I doing to prepare myself for worship?" Some may look at that question and respond in dumbfounded bewilderment. Those with that response seem to think that corporate worship isn't something for which we can prepare. Instead, we just come, and we worship. Although it is accurate that we can show up tomorrow morning at our churches and "simply worship," the question is, "Is there more?"
King David obviously thought there was. He says in 2 Samuel 24:24 —
"But the king said to Araunah, “No. I've got to buy it from you for a good price; I'm not going to offer GOD, my God, sacrifices that are no sacrifice.” (MSG)
David wasn't willing to sacrifice something that didn't cost something. My challenge to all of us is this. As we think about joining our brothers and sisters in Christ tomorrow morning to worship together, let's think about what we can bring. True worship requires sacrifice. In the Old Testament, that sacrifice was the blood of an animal. Today, true worship still requires sacrifice. However, a blood sacrifice for our worship has already been given through the gift of Jesus on the cross. However, God asks us to sacrifice something - something that costs us.
What is God asking you to sacrifice in preparation for worship today and in the days and weeks to come?