~ Ready for You? ~
One of my favourite songs in a corporate worship setting at the moment is Luke Hellebronth’s & Nick Herbert’s, “Ready for You.” (see link below)
It’s a simple yet powerful gathering song that includes the brilliant line,
“Jesus here we are, ready for You”
But what does it exactly mean for us in our corporate worship context to be ‘ready’ for Jesus?
I think being ready consists of two key elements, Expectation and Preparation.
Why do we get ready for something? It’s because of expectation. Whether that be a party, a tough meeting or a date we get ready for something. What is our expectation when we gather together as the Church to worship Jesus? Do we expect to meet with, and therefore be changed by, the One who invites us into dynamic relationship that impacts every level of our lives… or, do we just expect the predictable and therefore subconsciously prepare for just that?
The level of our expectation will determine the level of our preparation.
What are we getting ready for?
When we are expectant, we prepare.
What would it look like to take individual responsibility to prepare ourselves for the corporate?
Maybe it would effect the way we see (church as a place to contribute not just consume)
Maybe it would effect the way we pray (preparing our hearts to meet with Him with others, ‘us’ not just ‘me’)
Maybe it would effect the way we live (each day as a preparation ground flowing out of dynamic relationship with Christ)
Maybe it would effect the way we serve (joyfully, knowing there is purpose and power when we come together)
Where there is expectation there is preparation.
What if even simple things like our conversations in the car (or individual journeys) on the way to church were filled with prayer, challenge, expectation – preparation? Maybe then the first song/s won’t be seen as a ‘warm up’ for we come already prepared.
Why should this be ‘idealistic’ and not the norm?
Instead of being a people who gather together out of routine, mundane duty, expecting familiarity, let’s be a people who come prepared with expectant hearts overflowing out of relationship that can sing with all faith and integrity, “Jesus here we are, ready for You.”