Journey to Bethlehem, Our Christmas Devotional Day 6 Luke 21:25-28
Friday, December 7
25 “And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26 people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken.27 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
Do you remember how hard it was to go to sleep on Christmas Eve as a child? We were so eagerly anticipating Christmas morning and the gifts that would be waiting for us. Eagerly anticipating the gifts – during Advent we are eagerly awaiting the best gift ever given to the world in the birth of Jesus Christ.
However, we do so with an eye to the future, to His second coming. There will be signs that will announce His arrival. People spend a lot of time trying to figure out when He will return but they are focused on the wrong thing; it’s not about the timing it’s about the arrival. Do we eagerly anticipate the return of Christ the way we anticipated our gifts on Christmas morning?
We are to live our lives in eager anticipation of His return and in doing so live a life that is worthy of the gospel. Philippians 1:27a states: “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.” (NIV)
How do we live a life worthy of the gospel? We are to bear the fruit of the spirit in our lives – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control. Do those words describe you and the way you interact with and treat others? In which areas do you struggle?
We are also to share the gospel with others. Christmas is a great time to talk to people about the greatest gift ever given. Who in your life needs to hear about this amazing gift?
Gracious Father, during this Advent Season give us eager anticipation to celebrate the greatest gift ever given – Your Son. Help us to keep that eager anticipation as we await His return and help us to live lives worthy of the gift we have been given. Amen
More in Journey to Bethlehem 2018
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December 22, 2018Journey to Bethlehem Day 21 Luke 3:15-20