On this first Sunday of Advent, we reflect on this season as one of preparation and expectation. We celebrate Christ’s first advent as a babe born in a manger and continue to prepare with great expectation His second coming.
But lest we become “so heavenly minded we’re no earthly good,” Christ Himself teaches us how we are to wait when, in His model prayer, He entreats, “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Mt. 6:10)
This kingdom, then, is not simply an other-worldly future existence, but a current state of bringing earth in line with heaven.
What if all the preparation we pack into the month of December was how we lived year-round?
What if the expectation was that of the psalmist, who said, “Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long. “ (Ps. 25:5)
What if in preparation for His second coming, we lived out His will on earth now, allowing Him to make us “increase and abound in love for one another and for all”? (1 Th. 3:12)
We stand on the shoulders of some of the most heavenly-minded people, who recognized that God had a current work for them to do in making this earth a more just place for His creation here and now.
|A private faith that does not act in the face of oppression is no faith at all. –William Wilberforce
I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves. –Harriet Tubman
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ –Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received. –Mother Teresa
We are so thankful for our volunteers and supporters who continue to model for us how to be a part of seeing His “will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”
In this season, we at Araminta stand in expectation of what God will do in the eradication of human trafficking, and are thankful for what He has already done. Throughout this season of advent, we will be sharing ways that we are standing in expectation to see how God will move.
This advent, let us celebrate Christ’s first coming, and continue to prepare in eager expectation for His second coming. Happy Advent!