My friend Melanie Redd is running a series this year:
I was blessed to write a post on the way our family makes gift giving meaningful…
Here at CMB we’re going to celebrate Jesus birth too.
Today starting with Four Ways to Live with Eager Anticipation.
You and I know how to bake, shop, wrap, and plan parties . . . but how are we preparing for Jesus? How do we eagerly anticipate our celebration of our Savior’s birth?
Live with Eager Anticipation:
1. Live in humble repentance – Most of us want to believe that we’re basically good. We look around at other people and conclude we’re “not so bad.” However, “not so bad” isn’t good enough. We’re called by grace to a Savior who loves us and gave up everything to give us forgiveness. Humble repentance – forgiveness – healing grace = pure perfection.
2. Live in unity – We live in a world of differences. Economics. Religion. Race. Education. Politics. You and I are called by grace to a different standard. We are called to glorify and worship the Lord with one heart and one voice without prejudice or favoritism. We’re to honor His commands and live for His glory. Those common goals give us something in common that is greater than all our differences.
May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:5-6
3. Live in hope – The holidays are a very difficult time for those who are ill, impoverished, grieving, or lonely. So many are going through times of sadness and suffering, but Jesus promises to be with us. His promise is that He will never leave us nor forsake us.
Jesus said, “And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20b
4. Live in love – This anonymous note was sent several years ago to the Advancement Department at the Seminary where Rev is on staff. (The following words were penned in what appeared to be a young woman’s handwriting.)
I recently celebrated my birthday. My parents, who have experienced severe financial setbacks, gave me money as a gift. It was difficult to accept, knowing that it is an extreme sacrifice for them but it would hurt them not to. So with great love, I forward the money to you to use for others. (smiley face) God is so good!
Inside the envelope was $50 cash, with no signature or return address.
“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:34-35 (GW)
Going to Bolivia with a team for World Vision the summer of 2011, and continuing to read about crisis and famine around the world makes me passionate about sharing the blessings God has given. Blessing others is a great way to live God’s love “out-loud.”
How do we live with eager anticipation?
Repentant, United, Hope-filled, and “Out Loud” Loving.
So are you living with eager anticipation?
May God by His grace grant it for Jesus sake. Amen.