“Go and prepare.” A simple command.
Jesus sent Peter and John ahead and said, “Go and prepare the Passover meal, so we can eat it together.” (Luke 22:8 NLT)
I have read that passage often, and each time before it was a narrative of the events leading to the ultimate sacrifice Christ was going to offer. This time, however, I realized that Jesus was also giving us an example of leadership and ministry. Jesus was the leader in charge and he displays how to give an assignment to two of His followers, Peter and John.
At the moment Jesus spoke to these two, they probably would have rather stayed with Jesus. That’s where the action was but understanding their role and Jesus’ leadership they did was he asked. They went ahead of the crowd and got things ready for the next event. They worked behind the scenes.
The willingness of these two made it possible for one of the most moving scenes in all scripture, "The Last Supper."
There are always going to be people who work behind the scenes in your organization so someone else can be upfront.
- For those who are upfront do we recognize how we couldn’t be up-front without people working behind the scenes, getting things prepared?
- Do we take the time to say thanks to those who work behind the scenes, getting things prepared?
- Do we take seriously how we recruit and train those who will do the prep work?
Where would we be without those who go an prepare?
I thank God every day for people and the gifts He has given them and for those who are willing to ‘go and prepare.'