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Advent 1

Prepare Your Heart!Text: Genesis 19:15-17, 23-29

Did you get everything prepared this weekend?  For many, as soon as they awake from their turkey coma and the last bit of stuffing is stuffed into tupperware, the mad dash is on.  Black Friday shopping for Christmas.  Hang the Christmas lights.  Get the tree out.  Take down one season’s decorations and put up the Christmasy things.  Suddenly homes are transformed with lights, decorations, and smelly fufu from a rustic harvest festival to a pine-smelling winter wonderland.

Part of this is holiday cheer.  The other part is practical.  We all know the next 25 days are going to be crazy.  No matter who you are or what you do,  this time of year is always busy.  It’s better to take your free time now to prepare for Christmas or else you’re going to have problems.  If you don’t prepare diligently with focus on the day that’s coming, Christmas will sneak up on you and you’ll be running around like a gingerbread man with his head cut off because you were caught unprepared.

The same could be more true spiritually.  It’s very easy to become so wrapped up in our Christmas celebrations and Christmas cheer that we forget to prepare our hearts for the real meaning of Christmas—preparing our hearts to celebrate our Savior’s coming. Read the rest of this entry

Daily Devotion on Genesis 19:15-17,23-29

Text:  Genesis 19:15-17,23-29

What was it that she loved so much?

Was it the home she had known for years? Was it good friends she had made? Was it a certain kind of lifestyle? Was it the intoxicating indulgence of blatant sin?

Lot’s wife loved something about Sodom and Gomorrah. As two angels whisked Lot and his family out of the city, they warned the family not to look back at what was happening. But as the Lord rained down burning sulfur, Lot’s wife couldn’t help but look back. Instantly she turned into a pillar of salt.

When the Lord Jesus returns on the Last Day bringing destruction to the heavens and the earth and judgment to all, will you be ready? Will you be eager to leave this sinful world and enter the safety of eternal life? Will you be eager to leave behind everything that you know and love here?

I’m guessing that last question caused you to pause. Are you really eager to leave behind the life that you know, the house you have lived in for years, the friends you have had so much fun with?

We begin to see why Lot’s wife fell into the temptation to look back.

During the new church season of Advent we prepare for Jesus’ coming–not just at Christmas, but his final coming on Judgment Day. As we prepare for the Last Day then, God calls us to lift up our heads to watch and wait for Christ’s coming.

It’s a completely different mindset than humans are used to. It means realizing that this world is temporary, not eternal. It means realizing that this world is sinful, not perfect. It means realizing that heaven has better things waiting for us–better things that we cannot possibly fathom.

So lift up your heads, lift your eyes to the skies, and don’t look back. Jesus is coming!

Prayer: Lord Jesus, come quickly. In this world of sin and darkness we pray that you will quickly come to take us home. Lift our eyes heavenward to bring our focus out of this world and to you and life eternal. We pray this in your name. Amen.