A Little Story

Imagine for a moment that one of your favorite people, who you don’t often see, called and made plans to come visit next week. Imagine being excited as you plan out the day. You would think of some of the best things you can do together. You would likely prepare their favorite meal or make reservations at their favorite restaurant. Maybe you would put out some of the snacks that they can’t find where they live (as my parents did for me this Christmas!!).

You would think through every scenario and probably even prepare backup plans so that nothing is missed. You would likely clean the house, light your best candles, and wear your favorite clothes. In short, you would do your best to make the environment as welcoming as possible.

Friends, it should not be any different with God. The reason your Sunday morning church experience is often so much more precious than the rest of the week is because the environment welcomes the Holy Spirit’s presence. You can do this at home but it does take some work. Is your lifestyle giving God room to work in you?

Think about that this week and do something extra to show God that He is welcome in your life!



Christmas (continued)

If you continue reading Luke chapter two (after the shepherds leave), you will see two more additional figures that are not represented in the traditions Christmas story. Simeon and Anna both were in position to receive the newborn King. They were listening to the Holy Spirit and waiting at the temple to see Him. It is not known exactly how long they waited for Jesus but they clearly did not move until God confirmed His promise to them.

Be encouraged by this. God’s plan is perfect in His timing and we should not move from where He has commanded us to wait until He gives release.