Advent is a time of excitement. It is a season where we love to decorate the tree, put the lights up on the house, and to make merry. It is also a time of expectant waiting. For Christians we wait for the day to celebrate Christ’s birth. For our children, the waiting is for the day to open presents. And, as usual, the children have something to teach us. We should mirror their excitement as we wait too. Our excitement should build as each day is marked off the calendar.
John the Baptist also added something to how we should wait. His message as he preached and baptized in the desert was simple – repent of your sins as you prepare for His coming. John’s call was to get your heart right, to focus on God, and to live as He calls you to live. He speaks the same message to us as Advent begins and we prepare for the coming of the Christ child. Prepare for God’s son to come!
Jesus won’t check the list twice to see if we have been naughty or nice. He doesn’t keep score. It is simpler than that. He judges our hearts and simply asks, “Do you love me?” May our hearts, minds, souls, and our lives scream “YES!” in reply.
Scripture reference: Mark 1: 1-8a