“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens” (NIV)
Yesterday we walked through December’s door. Today we find ourselves in a world of twinkling lights and overflowing parking lots at the mall.
Since I try to be an organized kind of person, I like to start at December 25th and work backwards as I think about all the stuff I have to do.
But one of the things I’m thinking about this year isn’t so much WHAT is happening (although that’s important), but HOW it’s happening. It just seems to me that Advent and Christmas are supposed to bring out the best in us…
But they often bring out the worst!
There’s something about never-ending shopping lists, awkward social gatherings, “politically correct” holiday greetings, and the general malaise of the world that injects some skunk into our otherwise peppermint-flavoured brains.
So I’d like to invite you to join me in something. Let’s scurry less. Let’s take a few non-essentials off our cramped to-do lists and bring back into focus what it’s all about: God coming personally to humanity in Jesus to redeem this fractured world.
Tom Long is an American preacher I respect. Recently, I stumbled across something he said: “A scalpel is nothing but a knife until it is used by the surgeon for healing; a church is nothing but a collection of sinful people until it is gathered by the grace of God into seasons of worship and acts of love.”
This December, let’s not be scattered scurry masters who are so busy chasing our red-ribboned tails that we forget which way is up.
Instead, let’s be people who are gathered by the grace of God in this season of worship and acts of love.
By Matthew Ruttan