Day of Preparation (4 of 6) by Dennis Marquardt

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Day of Preparation (4 of 6)
Series: Countdown to Calvary
Dennis Marquardt
Matthew 26:17-56

INTRO: One of the things we often miss in viewing Jesus' life is how planned out His entire life was! Many people think Jesus wandered around the Middle East just waiting for people to come to Him or for something to happen, or He and the disciples kind of wandered in and out of towns and villages preaching hoping something significant will take place. Nearly everything Jesus did was planned and prepared ahead of time, nothing was done haphazardly!

What about our lives as Christians? Do we "PLAN" for things to happen? Do we wait around hoping someone will come to us so we can tell them about Christ's love or do we intentionally plan to lead people to Christ? Do we "PLAN" for our maturity or just hope that the preacher and Sunday school teachers are good enough at the church we attend to make us grow? Do we "PLAN" to give tithes and offerings or do we just "PLOP" something into the plate each week when it goes by with something that just happens to be left over that week?

One thing is clear, a planned life usually accomplishes a whole lot more than a drifting life! A planned life usually has more purpose and power to it than an aimless one. It is NOT unspiritual to "PLAN" and prepare yourself … in fact, it may be quite unspiritual NOT to! Jesus said in Luke 14:28-30 "Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying, 'This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.'"

Many Christians are not productive or mature because they don't plan their spiritual lives as much as they do their secular ones! While they plan for their education, their work, their homes, their families, etc. they often give little thought to their spiritual life and how it progress ...


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