11.30 Advent Devotional
"But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. Therefore, keep awake – for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake."
Keep awake! That is not just my inner thought for you during the 17th minute of one of my sermons. It’s what Jesus asked of his disciples. He speaks of the end of life in this passage not to scare us, but so that we will wake up and come alive NOW. It is as if he is saying "wake up and live your life right now, for you never know when it might end!"
At the beginning of Advent with so much busyness, so much buying, so much stuff that needs to be done, it’s a good time to hear this wake up call. It can give us the priorities for the season. To put it into the context of today’s passage, the question might be:
If this were your last Advent and Christmas what would you do?
• Who would you spend time with?
• Who would you reach out to beyond your normal relationships?
• What would you say no to and what would you say yes to?
• Would you stay at home more or go out more?
• Would you eat more or drink less?
• What would you buy?
• Who would you forgive?
• Would you laugh more, serve more, love more?
Our scripture for today is a wake-up call to think about these things and live this Advent wakefully.
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