Advent devotional, Dec. 18 by Howard Van Arnum

Hebrews 10:32-39

During this season of Advent, we are preparing ourselves in both mind and spirit for the birth of the Messiah, the birth of Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 10:33 caught my attention. “In just a little while, the one who is coming will come and will not delay”. In John 14:3, Jesus tells us “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you with me that you also maybe where I am”. Are we ready for the return of Jesus? Are we living a life that is Christ-like? This is a question we should be asking ourselves!

Advent is a time of preparation for the birth of Jesus. This should also be a time to prepare, as He promised, for his return. In weeks past, we have been talking about our God stories and being disciples of Christ to all people and all nations. Advent seems to be a good time to practice discipleship, to tell our God stories.

The angels appeared to the shepherds to announce the birth of the Christ Child. We can be like those angels and tell our God stories. We can be ready for Jesus when He returns for us to take us to the room He has prepared.

Reflection: What are we doing during Advent to prepare for the birth of Jesus? What are we doing during Advent and every day to prepare for the promised return of Jesus? Will we be ready?

Prayer: God, you send us your son to teach us how to live as you want us to live. During this season of Advent and every day, continue to guide us so that we may be disciples and share our God stories with all people and all nations as you have willed us to do. May we be prepared for Jesus when He returns for us. Amen.




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