Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Waiting Here for you Bible Journaling video

Just a quick Process video to share. This page is from Mark 13 where Jesus talks about not knowing the day or the hour of His second Coming. I wrote an Advent devotion about this topic:

Mark 13:33-37
“Take heed; keep
on the alert; for you do not know when the appointed
 time will come.  It
 like a man away on a journey, who upon leaving his house and putting
his slaves in charge, assigning
each one his task, also commanded the doorkeeper to stay on the alert.
   Therefore, be
on the alert—for you do not know when the
of the house is coming, whether in the evening, at midnight, or
the rooster crows, or
 in the morning—  in case he should come suddenly and find
 asleep.  What I say to you I say to
all, ‘Be on the alert!’”
It amazes me how fast the time goes by during the Christmas
season. Even though retail stores set up holiday displays months in advance, it
still seems to go by in a blink. This year I was brought into the realm of this
reality while browsing Facebook. I see a photo of “Buddy” from the movie “Elf”
and below it says the words: “Only 6 more Fridays until Christmas!” I
immediately snap out of my internet haze and say out loud: “What? That soon? I
better get busy.” And so the preparations will begin: Christmas decorating,
baking, shopping, school events, church events and the list goes on. I am
actively preparing to make Christmas memorable for my family. And so the time
passes very quickly. For my son, Jordan on the other hand, the time between now
and Christmas seems like an eternity.  He
is involved with some of the Christmas time activities, but for the most part,
he is passively waiting.  When you are
passively waiting, the time can drag on.
As Christians, Advent is the time of year we give thanks for the
birth of our savior Jesus and anticipate His second coming. Unlike Christmas,
we have no “Buddy the Elf” to remind us how many “Fridays” there are before
Jesus returns. In our passage today, Jesus says: “Therefore be on alert, for
you do not know which day the Master is coming.” (NASB) We wait for our Lord to
come, but are we actively waiting or passively waiting?
Even through the Christmas hustle and bustle, we should make it a
priority to “actively” wait for Jesus or like my Pastor likes to say: “Get
ready, to BE ready.” If you haven’t been “getting ready to BE ready”, Advent
season is a perfect time to start. But what does it look like to “actively”
wait for Him?
1.      Spend time with God by reading His Word.
2.      Pray and listen to Him.
3.      Worship and Praise Him.
4.      Love and serve Him.
5.      Share His love with others.
The sense of urgency I feel when “Buddy the Elf” reminds me that
Christmas is just around the corner is the same feeling I desire to have waiting
for Jesus to return. When He does come back, He will want to know what kind of
Christian I have been. He will not only want to know if I had faith and trust
in Him, but what was the evidence of that faith?
So, as we begin this Christmas season, let us be reminded that the
great reward of eternal life with Jesus will far surpass the most grandiose and
well-prepared Christmas morning.
Come quickly Jesus; we are actively waiting.

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