Celebrating Advent - Week 4

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But there’s far more to life for us. We’re citizens of high heaven! We’re waiting the arrival of the Savior, the Master, Jesus Christ, who will transform our earthy bodies into glorious bodies like his own. He’ll make us beautiful and whole with the same powerful skill by which he is putting everything as it should be, under and around him.
— Philippians 3:20-21 (MSG)

This weekend is the culmination of weeks of celebrating, preparing, and remembering the birth of Christ. I pray with all my heart your heart has been pointed in the direction of Christ! Indulging in the gifts, parties, and food isn't bad but hopefully, it's not where your attention has been drawn to most. 

As we conclude this Advent series and Christmas season, now is the time to make the most of what you've learned. To really cherish the sweetness of this holiday by exalting Christ as Lord and Savior.

The first two weeks we remembered the coming of Christ to Earth more than two thousand years ago. Last week we began to look forward to the coming of Christ yet to take place. We were reminded that Christ is in Heaven even now preparing a place for you and me.

This week we continue down that same thought of the coming of Christ still to come. How? By remembering that in Christ we are citizens of Heaven! Christ is coming again to take us with him to Heaven. What's not to be excited about?!

You and I are expected to be expectant! Eagerly anticipating the arrival of Christ. Sometimes we get so caught up in earthly concerns that we neglect to have an eternal perspective and eagerly await the time Christ will return for us.

In Matthew 25:1-12 Jesus is reminding us through the parable of the ten virgins to be ready and expectant for his return. Are you? Can you say with enthusiasm that Christ is returning and you just can’t wait?!

If you hesitate at all--maybe because your heart isn't in the right place or you'd like to accomplish that one last thing on Earth--it's time to pull away and recalibrate. If you struggle at all to express excitement for his return, ask yourself why. Because you are called to be eagerly expecting his return! Your home isn't here...it's in Heaven.

Celebrate this weekend with the hope that Christ is coming back for you!