My good friend Eric at “A Pilgrim’s Progress” exhorts us all to be prepared when gather together with our brothers and sisters in Christ in a post called “Implying Preparation.” Eric points to the following passage as an indication that we should come “prepared”:
What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up. (1 Corinthians 14:26 ESV)
And, it’s true that Paul recognizes that the believers in Corinth were coming together with a hymn, teaching, revelation, tongue, interpretation, etc. already prepared. Paul says that whatever they do (whatever they’ve prepared, or whatever they do spontaneously) should be done for the purpose of edifying the church – that is, those brothers and sisters in Christ that they’re gathering together with.
Another passage also indicates preparation:
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24-25 ESV)
In this passage, we’re exhorted to think about (consider) one another and how we meet help one another exhibit love and good works. Otherwise, we’re “neglecting to meet together” even if we attend a meeting.
So… as Sunday approaches… and “Easter” Sunday at that… I wonder… how have you prepared for gathering with the saints? What have you prepared to edify the church? What have you considered that will help others demonstrate love and good works?