PREPARATION

PREPARATION

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YOU WILL ALWAYS LIVE AT THE LEVEL OF YOUR PREPARATION, NOT YOUR POTENTIAL

TEXT: JOHN 12:1-7 Six days before the Passover celebration began, Jesus arrived in Bethany, the home of Lazarus—the man he had raised from the dead. 2 A dinner was prepared in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, and Lazarus was among those who ate with him. 3 Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance.

4 But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray him, said, 5 “That perfume was worth a year’s wages. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.” 6 Not that he cared for the poor—he was a thief, and since he was in charge of the disciples’ money, he often stole some for himself.

7 Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. She did this in preparation for my burial. 8 You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”

 

  1. PASSION LEADS TO PREPARATION
    1. WHAT YOU’RE PASSIONATE ABOUT YOU’LL SUFFER FOR
      1. PREPARATION REQUIRES A PLAN
        1. “Fail to plan, plan to fail.”
  2. PREPARATION COMES BEFORE PROVISION
    1. 2 TIMOTHY 4:2a Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction.
  3. YOUR PAST IS YOUR PREPARATION
    1. YOUR PAST PREPARES YOU FOR PURPOSE
    2. “WHAT THE ENEMY WANTED TO USE TO BREAK YOU GOD WANTS TO USE TO MAKE YOU”

    MARY CAME PREPARED

HEBREWS 12:1b-2 let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.