“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give everyone according to his work.”
I heard a story about an airport last week. This airport had gotten a lot of complaints on how long it took passengers to get their luggage. Even though the airport cut down the time people had to wait for their luggage to eight minutes, people still complained. Finally, someone came up with an idea: move the baggage claim further away so that the people had to walk farther to get to their luggage. You may think this is crazy, but it worked. People started sending in compliments to the airport saying that their luggage was even waiting on them sometimes.
The storyteller went on to say that it’s not the length of the wait, it’s what you do while you wait. Advent is the season before Christmas. Many people have advent calendars, advent magnetic scenes to add a new character to the Christmas story every day, and, my personal favorite, advent chocolates – one for each day. 🙂 We use these to anticipate the actual day. Advent means “coming.” We all do many things during the Christmas season: caroling, eating Christmas cookies, decorating, various church activities, making and buying gifts and then wrapping them to put under the tree. But, during these neat traditions, we always have Christmas in mind. We never forget the day we are waiting so patiently (and some of us, not so patiently!) for.
As Christians, we need to live our lives waiting for Jesus’ coming. We need to do everything in preparation of the day- we don’t know when it will sneak up on us and be gone. We need to not only prepare ourselves for that day, we need to spread the gospel to those around us.
Jesus is coming soon. Don’t get so wrapped up in the preparations that you forget the day!
“He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming quickly.’ Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” –Revelation 22:20
Keep on for Him,