“He will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.”
— Luke 1:16–17
What John the Baptist did for Israel, Advent can do for us. Don’t let Christmas find you unprepared. I mean spiritually unprepared. Its joy and impact will be so much greater if you are ready!
That you might be prepared…
First, meditate on the fact that we need a Savior.
Christmas is an indictment before it becomes a delight. It will not have its intended effect until we feel desperately the need for a Savior. Let these short Advent meditations help awaken in you a bittersweet sense of need for the Savior.
Second, engage in sober self-examination.
Advent is to Christmas what Lent is to Easter. “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if “there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” (Psalm 139:23–24) Let every heart prepare him room… by cleaning house
Third, build God-centered anticipation and expectancy and excitement into your home.
If you are excited about Christ, your family will be too. If you can only make Christmas exciting with material things, how will the family get a thirst for God? Bend the efforts of your imagination to make the wonder of the King’s arrival visible for the whole family.
Fourth, be much in the Scriptures, and memorize the great passages! “Is not my word like fire, says the Lord!” (Jeremiah 23:29). Gather ‘round that fire this Advent season. It is warm. It is sparkling with colors of grace. It is healing for a thousand hurts. It is light for dark nights.”
Excerpt From: John Piper. “Good News of Great Joy: Daily Readings for Advent.” Day 1, iBooks.
This is Part 1 of a three part series of blogs that help us look into how we can make the most of the Christmas season.
Come back to the FOCUS blog page next Tuesday and read part 2!