Prepare yourself – Luke 2:25-35

Make-up routine

I am fascinated by my wife’s make-up routine every morning.

My son just wakes up, showers, get dressed, eats what I have prepared for him, and leaves for work. Quick. Hair shaven with a size four, so he is always ready for the day.

It is more or less what I do as well, although I have to make breakfast, so it takes me a bit longer. And I do not use a size four, there is too little hair left!

But my wife, she goes through that whole routine that many women go through every morning. Eight steps:

  1. Step 1: Moisturize or apply a primer. …
  2. Step 2: Fill in brows. …
  3. Step 3: Apply foundation. …
  4. Step 4: Cover dark spots with concealer. …
  5. Step 5: Add eyeshadow. …
  6. Step 6: Finish off the eye look with liner. …
  7. Step 7: Add blush to the apples of the cheeks. …
  8. Step 8: Apply highlighter.

Ladies, do you know what I am talking about? And the result? To die for! I love my wife. More than anybody else.

Get your things ready, boys, the boss may come today

But preparation can actually be much more than to get ready for your day. Preparation can be life-saving. As the saying goes:

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

While on one of his expeditions to the Antarctic, Sir Ernest Shackleton had to leave some of his men on Elephant Island. Whilst on his way to pick them up, he was delayed, and by the time he could go for them he found that the sea had frozen over and his men were cut off.

Three times he tried to reach them, but his efforts ended each time in failure. Finally, with his fourth and last effort, he found a narrow channel through the ice.

Guiding his small ship back to the island, he was delighted to find his men not only alive and well, but all prepared to get aboard. They were soon on their way to safety and home.

After the excitement ended, Sir Ernest inquired how it was that they were ready to get aboard so promptly. They told him that every morning their leader rolled up his sleeping bag, saying,

“Get your things ready, boys, the boss may come today.”

Preparing to be led by the Spirit

It is the same in the spiritual life. To be led by the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, you have to prepare for his presence. We will do well if we live by that motto in our spiritual lives: “Get your things ready, boys and girls.”

But not because the boss may come today. Rather, because the Spirit may come today. Because He wants to lead us. He is the one that is with us, and in us, and wants to guide us into the life that God has for us.

Let us read the story of Simeon in Luke 2:25-35

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Bly by My – Lukas 2:25-40

‘n Seuntjie vra sy ma eendag waarom sy so ‘n paar grys hare het. Sy antwoord dat elke grys haar kom van iets wat hy verkeerd gedoen het. Hy knik so ingedagte en sê: “Nou verstaan ek, dit is hoekom ouma heeltemal grys is!”

Daar is egter ‘n ander grysheid wat nog meer besonders is. ‘n Grysheid wat ‘n teken is van wysheid, nie van spanning of ‘n gebrek aan melanien nie.

Die spreekwoord sê: “Sy is grys.” Daarmee bedoel ons glad nie dat daar ‘n grys haar op haar kop is nie. Net dat sy wys is ver bó haar jare.

Dit is wat Spreuke ook sê:

“Grysheid is ’n sierlike kroon; dit word gevind op die weg van geregtigheid.” (16:31).

Grysheid is nie ‘n ouderdom nie. Dit is ‘n toestand. Dit is ‘n manier van leef. Dit word gevind op die weg van geregtigheid. Dit is die wysheid wat begin by die ontsag vir die Here. Dit is die wysheid wat weet dat die enigste manier van leef wat sin maak, is om by die Here te bly.

Kom ons lees van twee sulke grys mense. Mense wat die wysheid ten toon stel van ‘n lewe by die Here.

HIER VOLG DIE HELE EREDIENS:

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Called to witness about the light in the darkness – John 1:1-18

It is not about size

The great concern of the Bible is not about the size of the church, it is about the saved in the church. It is not about how many people are gathered in the church. But how many people are saved in and also through the witness of the church.

The apostle John writes at the end of his gospel: “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:30-31).

That means that there are two categories of people.

  • People who are saved, who believe in Jesus, who trust Him with their lives, who obey His commandments, who live in His light.
  • And there are people who are not saved, who do not believe in Jesus, who do not trust Him with their lives, who do not obey His commandments, who do not live in His light, but instead, lives in darkness.

That is also true of us in the church. It is not about how many of us are here. It is about how many are saved. That is something you have to be sure about. That Jesus Christ is your Saviour.

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God die Vader

Hoe dink jy oor God die Vader? Hoe sou jy Hom beskryf?

Baie van ons kyk na God die Vader deur die bril van ons ervaring. Dit beïnvloed ons beskrywing van God as Vader.

As ons eie pa’s ‘n goeie invloed op ons gehad het, dink ons God is soos hulle.

Ek onthou my pa as iemand wat altyd daar was vir my, selfs al het sy werk hom weke op ‘n keer van ons af weg geneem. Hy het moeite gedoen oor naweke, dinge saam met ons gedoen, al ons wedstryde bygewoon. Dit het by my die idee gelaat dat hy altyd daar was.

Natuurlik was my ma ook daar. Trouens, sy het baie keer sy rol vervul. Maar, daar was ‘n baie spesiale plek in my lewe vir my pa.

En ek dink vandag só oor God.

As ons pa’s egter ‘n slegte invloed op ons gehad het, dink ons God is soos hulle. Die ontstellende statistiek in Suid-Afrika is dat 68 % van kinders word gebore sonder ‘n pa wat naby is. Dit het ‘n geweldige impak op die wyse waarop kinders grootword.

Gisteraand het ek en my vrou die nuwe rolprent Capernaum gekyk. Dit handel oor die jong twaalfjarige Zain wat grootword in ‘n omgewing waar beide sy ouers moed opgegee het om iets aan hulle lewe te doen. Met groot gevolge vir hulle kinders.

Zain beland op die straat en maak uiteindelik ‘n saak teen sy ouers. Hy wil nie hê hulle moet meer kinders hê nie. Hulle is nie in staat om ouers te wees nie. ‘n Rolprent wat soos ‘n skop in die maag voel. Trouens, die hartseer hou net nooit op nie.

Ons kyk dus ook deur die bril van ander se ervarings. Die dinge wat ons lees, die flieks wat ons kyk, die wyse waarop pa’s geskets word, dit alles het ‘n invloed op ons. Ons is boonop baie keer uitgelewer aan die ideologieë van die media wat vir ons doelbewus prentjies voorhou wat pa’s sleg uitbeeld.

Maar, ons moet net nie dink dat dit al wyse is waarop ons oor God as Vader mag nadink nie. Dit maak nie saak hoe goed of hoe sleg jou ervaring van aardse pa’s is nie. Dit maak nie saak hoe goed of sleg die media vir jou pa’s voorhou nie.

Selfs jou eie pa, hoe goed hy ook al vir jou gesorg het, is uiteindelik nie ‘n maatstaf van God as Vader nie. Die maatstaf vir sy Vaderskap lê in sy eie openbaring van Homself, in die Bybel en in die verwoording daarvan in die geloofsbelydenisse deur die eeue.

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Kommentaar en navrae

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    Chris van Wyk

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    Hi Diederiks, ek het self dit nou weer gelees. Dit is darem net só fundamenteel tot ons hele verstaan van die werklikheid. Ek is só dankbaar dat ek die waarheid ontdek het. Seën vir jou!

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    Diederiks van Zyl

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    Baie dankie vir hierdie preek oor die “Solas”, veral “Sola Sriptura”.

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    Rethie van Niekerk

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    Hallo Marita. Ai, jammer dat jy moes sukkel! Ons het wel toilette vir gestremdes, met o.a. ‘n handvatsel teen die muur. Dankie dat jy ons daarvan bewus maak dat dié toilette nie duidelik gemerk is nie! Ons sal plan maak!

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    Chris van Wyk

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    Hi Marita. Dit is ‘n goeie idee. Ons sal aandag gee. Dankie!

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    Marita Kotze

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    Ek is bejaard, nie heeltemal rolstoel gebonde nie, maar sukkel om van ‘n lae toilet af op te staan. Ek het Dinsdagaand se pragtige musiek konsert baie geniet, maar moes hulp vra om van sie toilet af op te kom. Tuis kan ek op die bad se rand druk om op te staan. Dit het nie vir my gelyk of u maklik ‘n toilet vir gestemdes kan installer nie, maar vir mense soos ek kan ‘n handvatsel teen die muur of sels ‘n ingeboude toiletrol houer of selfs ‘n stewige houer vir gebruikte sanitere dovekies groot verleentheid bespaar. Baie dankie,
    Marita Kotze