We are in the beginning of the Advent Season. Unfortunately many people do not know what that means. For some it is just the opportunity to party, to give and receive presents. For others it is another Christian celebration. But unfortunately for many it is something totally foreigner to them.
The Advent comes from the Latin word adventus, meaning coming. Throughout history, Christians celebrated in different forms and for different reasons. Mainly it is the season that prepares for the coming of Christ, lasting for four Sundays, normally beginning on the Sunday that falls between November 27th and December 3rd each year.
What is important for us to understand is that Advent is a spiritual journey which should demand an appropriate preparation. Nowadays we prepare for all the physical and material aspects of the season. We buy gifts for family and friends, we decorate the house. Some people go to extremes in decorating. We organize the party, and make sure that everything is in place and prepared with detailed precision. But it is the inside aspect that is lacking lately.
I would like to challenge you to not only prepare for the external aspects of the season, but principally for the internal aspect – your heart. Take a look inside and see how your heart is doing. Make this season a special one for your spiritual journey. Here are a few things that you can do to prepare your heart.
1. Learn about the story – Christmas is about Christ. Make an effort to read all the Bible passages that narrate that important event. If you have more time and interest read the prophesies about His coming. You can learn a lot about God’s plan and purpose by reading all the prophesies delivered hundreds of years before Jesus was born.
2. Take time to be thankful – Christmas is the project of God to rescue you and me. Jesus came to fulfill that plan. Separate some time to express your gratitude to God. He loved you so much that He sent His one and only Son. You can do that with your family or with a church. Make a commitment to attend a service every Sunday in this Advent Season to thank God.
3. Evaluate your relationship with God – The third thing that you should do during this season is to evaluate your relationship with God. In the Advent Season we learn that God cared for us, loved us, and did something painful for us. Because of that we should evaluate how much we love Him, and our willingness to serve Him and His children.
My desire is that in this season you put as much effort in your spiritual journey as you put in all the other things.
Have a blessed week,