December 2, 2010, First Thursday of Advent
Scripture: Isaiah 40:3-5
Listen! It’s the voice of someone shouting, “Clear the way through the wilderness for the Lord! Make a straight highway through the wasteland for our God! Fill in the valleys, and level the mountains and the hills. Straighten the curves, and smooth out the rough places. Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together. The Lord has spoken!”
Someone had to do the shouting.
We wouldn’t be here if there wasn’t someone who called us in the wilderness. Saints who led us to faith, appreciation, and love of Christ Jesus. Maybe it was a parent who drove us to church each Sunday. Perhaps it was a Sunday School teacher that was influential in our lives. Or maybe it was a friend who stood by us when we needed a good friend. Each of us can point back in our lives and think of someone – maybe more than one person – who told us the story of Christ’s love for us.
Who are you sharing the message of Christ’s coming to?
In today’s climate, the shouting of the Lord’s coming is perhaps best in relationships. The relationships we have with friends, family, coworkers give opportunities to allow our words, actions, and lives speak to the living power, love, and hope of Christ Jesus.
We’ve often heard that it is the simple things that matter. This is very true when it comes to telling the story of Christ’s love. Often we think telling the story involves an encounter with someone that involves getting a “decision.” That’s intimidating for a lot of people, and leaves someone feeling as though we were more interested in the decision than the relationship. It’s the relationship and doing the little things in the relationship that shares the love of Christ – being welcoming to someone in need, sharing love, and encouraging others. It is these moments that foster relationships and allows others to see Christ through our actions.
Someone had to do share the message with us, so let us share the message with others.
Lord, we are in the wilderness waiting for your return. May we be your messenger to share your message to the people. Speak to us and shape us to be your messenger this day. Amen.