Advent: Week Two

It happens every year—what we expect to be a slower-paced summer whirs by, and before we know it, it’s Labor Day weekend. Autumn comes and goes faster than a withered leaf falling to the ground from a lofty branch. Fireworks give way to football, then pumpkins to pilgrims. Now, it’s all we can do to finish our Christmas shopping and get our yuletide greetings in the mail before the “guaranteed delivery by Christmas” date. And the reality is, if left unchecked, we’ll be right here again this time next year wondering, “Where did the time go?”

The Advent season calls us out of our slumber. It bursts into our passive experience of time and calls us to “stay awake.” Jesus’ words from Mark 13:32-37 are a stunning reminder that Jesus is coming again. Our Master has departed on a journey, but He’s left us with work to do while He’s away. And the work we’re called into cannot be put off until later because Jesus’ second advent will come at a day and hour that only the Father knows.

It’s so easy to get lulled into slumber by the turning of time, buzzing by at what seems to be an ever-increasing pace. But this sleepy apathy toward time’s passing is not the life we’ve been called to live. Advent reminds us that we are a commissioned people, granted a stewardship of the gospel message. We have the privilege of heralding this message day by day, season by season, year by year, eagerly anticipating the return of Christ. Our Master is away, but He’s coming again. May we be a people about His work, hastening His return.

REFLECTION

Think about the past year. What seasons did you experience? Were they slow or fastpaced? What did you learn about God through them? About yourself?

How does the immanence of Christ’s return impact how you view what you’re doing in the here and now? How does the way you structure your life reflect a belief that Jesus really is coming back? Jesus calls His disciples to “be on guard” and “stay awake.”

Is there a conversation with a friend or loved one about the gospel that you’ve been putting off? What steps could you take to make that conversation happen this week?

- From "Seasons" by The Village Church