Receive Him Joyfully

“If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath,
From doing your pleasure on My holy day,
And call the Sabbath a delight,
The holy day of the LORD honorable,
And shall honor Him, not doing your own ways,
Nor finding your own pleasure,
Nor speaking your own words,
Then you shall delight yourself in the LORD;
And I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth,
And feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father.
The mouth of the LORD has spoken.”

(Isaiah 58:13-14)

LORD Jesus we praise You for giving us one day each and every week on which we can freely come to worship You in the House of the LORD. Forgive us, O God we pray, for we so often mind our own business and put You second — throughout the week but also on the LORD’s Day. Enable us, O LORD we plead, to spend more days focusing on You alone. Give us peace of mind and rest, but most of all ignite our hearts to love You more and more each day. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

As I’m writing this it is lunchtime and I’m halfway through my preparations for the Sabbath. We celebrate this special day starting Saturday evening and lasting until Sunday evening.

Today’s dinner and tomorrow’s lunch is cooking in the slow cooker. The small-sized muffins (cupcakes) and the “Hefezopf” (Challah / Braided yeast bread) just came out of the oven, and a peeled and diced pineapple is ready to go into the freezer to be used for frozen yogurt later on.

Preparing for the upcoming Sabbath is important. Now I’m not talking about cleaning the house, baking, and cooking. You see, we cannot keep our minds occupied with all sorts of earthly things and then miraculously transform into the spiritual Christian just by walking into the church. It will take a little bit more effort than that.

It’s about having the right mindset: spending (more) quality time with the LORD. So pick up the things that are out of place and tidy up. Sort them away and then sweep through the house.

Get ready for your King is coming over this weekend. Hallelujah!

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