Are you ready for Christmas? Is your shopping completed? The decorations in place? The meals planned? The festive events in order? Are you ready to find peace in the hope of Christ? Or have you began to lose the peace and instead anxiety fills you with a too busy schedule or burdens of life that have nothing to do with the season of Christmas?
Is your worry keeping you from being ready? Walter Kelly said that worry is faith in the negative, trust in the unpleasant, assurance of disaster, and belief in defeat. Worry is wasting today’s time to clutter up tomorrow’s opportunities with yesterday’s troubles. Click To TweetThere is no peace in any of that.
This is the second week of Advent, the week of Peace. As we move forward to the celebrated day of Christmas, we should remember that the coming of Christ brings peace to the world. Without Christ we have no hope, without hope there is no peace. The Christ child brought hope over 2000 years ago and Christ brings us hope still today for He is returning. Are you ready?
This week our focus verse is about being ready, watching, and waiting. Just as the people over two thousand years ago prepared themselves to be ready for a king, we should also be in the ready mode. The expected came unexpected. No one was prepared for God to join the earth as a tiny, helpless, baby. They were looking for a savior in the form of a king with a grand entrance and much pomp and circumstance. But instead arrived a small baby and even then He was not prepared for, as He was born and ”laid in a manger” because there was no room for them at the inn. (Luke 2:7)
Today’s world makes a great production of getting prepared for Christmas and ready to celebrate the Christ child but are we ready for Christ to return? This week’s verse makes it clear that Christ can return at any moment and that we must be on the lookout. His return, just like His birth, is a promise from God. We are to not only be ready but watching while we wait. If we place our focus on Christ with the hope, love, and joy found in Him then our waiting will be full of peace. If our focus is on Christ, our minds can’t be dulled senseless with the things of this world. Being ready is working faithfully towards our purpose given to us by God. Filling our life with God’s purposes allows peace to transcend us as we wait and watch for His return.
Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware. Luke 21:34 (NLT)
Preparing for the Ready
When we make preparations for Christmas we plan our events and work out the details often having to change our normal routine to fit the season of celebration. Likewise, as we ready ourselves for Christ’s return we may need to reshape our lives in order to be ready and prepared. And just like our preparations for Christmas we will need to involve others in the events. Living a life of focus following Christ’s example and direction of doing good things will allow the worries of life to be expelled as our focus on Christ’s return will take the forefront. This will allow the great ability of peace to transcend over our life as our focus fixesÂ on Christ and eternity.
Peace canÂ occasionallyÂ seem far away from our celebrations at this time of yearÂ and sometimes just lost in the mix up. A little boy named Matthew and his sister Ellie stood singing their favorite Christmas carol in church the Sunday before Christmas. Matthew sang forcefully as he ended ”Silent Night” with the words, ”Sleep in heavenly beans.” His sister jabbed him with her elbow as she loudly corrected him, ”No. Not beans, silly; peas!” Too many times our Christmas preparations along with life in general might as well end with beans and peas instead of the peace that we should experience.
God however, sent a light into the dark world as a reminder that life is stronger than death. Light is more powerful than the darkness and above all God is greater than Satan and He will overcome evil. The Prince of Peace arrived and He is still here for you if you are ready, waiting, and watching.
Ready ”“ take each day in stride focusing your tasks on God’s purpose. Living your life in the light.
Waiting ”“ build your strength of faith helping others see your witness whileÂ keeping God first in your life.
Watching – while you wait keep your focus on the kingdom of God and not the earthly kingdom. It is not a list of don’ts but a list of dos that have great benefits for the life you live on earth. For as you focus on eternity your life fillsÂ with peace. Christ’s return challenges us to be ready, convicts us to be waiting, and motivates us to be watching.
Christmas is coming again and so is Christ, be comforted in knowing that His return will put an end to all suffering and find peace in the time of ready, waiting, and watching.Expect the unexpected and be ready for Christ. Click To Tweet
Love in Christ,
Whatever we are waiting for ”“ peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance ”“ it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.
Sarah Ban Breathnach
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Are you ready for Christ’s return? Do you find yourself fretting during the waiting period? Have you found peace while you are watching? Join us in discussion on being ready, waiting, and watching for the return of Christ.