Advent is my favourite season of the year. I love the anticipation of Christmas: the music, the decorations (especially) and sharing with family. It is something I enjoy very much with all this preparation for Christmas.
But I find myself caught up in the “To-Do’ list and not able to embrace the reason for the season.
One day, in my quiet time, I was reading about Martha in Luke 10:41-42:
The Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”
As Christians, the Advent should be the most Holy season for us. Though we are called to be His hands and feet on earth, we often make ourselves slaves to many things around us. We become slaves to our work, entertainment, volunteering work and even to Church and religion. We make these things our idols despite God’s words reminding us to, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).
If our hands and feet cannot rest, we have missed our Heavenly calling. This is the time to reflect and share the love of Jesus Christ who came to our world to redeem us through His unconditional love.
"If our hands and feet cannot rest, we have missed our Heavenly calling.
During Advent, we need to spend more quality time dwelling in God and praying to prepare our hearts to celebrate the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. We need to remind ourselves that as Martha was so distracted by the preparations that she forgot to pause and simply be present before the Lord. Squeezing everything in, having every gadget and accomplishing every task would not make a difference in the scope of eternity. As Psalm 46:10 said, “Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth”. Take this opportunity in Advent season to structure our life around loving God with your whole heart. Trust Him to take care of the rest. I pray for us all that with this Christmas, we will pause and live in the moment and say “no” to those things that do not glorify God.
Prayer: Lord our God, we praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ: He is Emmanuel, the hope of the people, He is Wisdom that teaches and guides us, He is the Saviour of every nation.
Lord God, let your blessing come upon us as we light the candles of Hope, Joy, Peace and Love. As the light of our Advent grows stronger, week by week, make us strong in following Him in the love and the peace we show to others. Thank you that you have given your word as a Lamp to our feet so that we can see what is around us. Help us to pay attention to the candle of the four lights. In Jesus' Name We Pray. Amen.