Paul proposes the idea that our waiting during Advent is not passive. Often we speak of “expectant waiting” – waiting with the idea that Jesu Christ is always near and to be on the lookout to share Him with those we meet. Paul calls us to live our days using what we have learned from Jesus and to be “zealous for good deeds.”
But we must also be careful to avoid too much of the activity and busyness that can typify this season of the year. If we do not take this care then we can end up tired and grumpy by the time we arrive at Christmas Eve. We must be vigilant to ask ourselves if we are spending time each day of Advent first seeking to draw closer to Jesus. If not, we still have time to focus in on Jesus these last days.
In these last days of Advent, may we live as Paul suggests: working and resting in Christ – demonstrating for all just who this Messiah is that we are expectantly waiting for.
Scripture reference: Titus 2: 11-14