The days before Christmas speed by as we add into our busy days the bountiful extras of the holiday season. Last week, to start our Advent awareness, we set our hearts and minds on receiving the interruptions of God. Trusting that the Sovereign God is involved in our days is a habitual thought we must incorporate into our lives.
This week we will focus on another precious concept: opening our hearts to every person God brings into our lives. God is a God of relationships–and we learn to love Him as we learn to love others!
We all know the story: When Mary and Joseph arrived in Bethlehem, the city was busy….and there was no room at the Inn. Our hearts are the place Christ longs to live in today. Sadly, many of us repeat the story of Bethlehem day after day. The King of Kings found a welcome in a humble barn; His first resting place was a feeding trough. Christ longs to be our nourishment as well.
We receive Him when we receive those He puts into our lives. It has been said, ‘We only love God as much as we love the one who annoys us the most.’ Let’s determine to love Him well this week!
“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ Matthew 25:40
Throughout the week, pause each day to refocus on the blessed truths of the One who is coming…and how we can receive Him and share Him with others every day!
Mon. Luke 1:44-45, 56 Heart Focus: Speak & hear Christ’s name with joy
Tues. Hebrews 13:1-2 Heart Focus: Who can we open our door to today?
Wed. Matt. 25:35-40 Heart Focus: Seek to see the face of Christ in others
Thurs. Proverbs 11:25 Heart Focus: Welcome others in your life as Christ welcomes – without pretense.
Friday Isaiah 32:1-2 Heart Focus: Who do you need to open the door of forgiveness to?
Saturday Luke 1:13,20 Heart Focus: Quiet your heart & receive Jesus.
As we celebrate this season, may we keep in the front of our minds that Jesus is coming again! He will not be coming as a vulnerable baby–but as the conquering King. Let us do all we can to encourage others to prepare Him room. See you next Sunday!