From Sunday’s sermon, Timing is Everything:
Jesus says that we need to be counted among his faithful people when that day of wonder and surprise comes. We need to be ready…we need to LIVE ready for Christ’s return.
In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus gives us an example of a man working in the field and a woman grinding grain at the mill who looked just like their unprepared counterparts. They were busy at their daily work, focused on the jobs they were doing. But they had a connection to the Messiah, and when the Messiah called, they were ready.
If timing is everything, the season of Advent tells us to live in God’s timing, and live ready for the coming of our Savior. We celebrate Christ’s birth of 2,000 years ago, and we long for Christ’s coming again. That’s what the season of Advent is about… a call to see beyond business as usual, a challenge to return to God’s ways.
We need to be searching too, and watching and waiting. I hope you won’t be distracted with business as usual. We need to learn to let go, learn to release our tight grip on what is, so that God might move us toward what might be.
All things happen in God’s time, and we can use the season of Advent to get ready.
But Advent is not the time to prepare for the coming of Christmas. Advent is the time to prepare for the coming of Christ.
[image courtesy of The Ongoing Adventures of ASBO Jesus]