God fills me with joy in his presence, yet ever so subtly, and then steadily, my eyes look to other things. Days after giving thanks the stores persuade me. They draw me in with their marketing schemes. I don't have enough. I need more.
It's the leather boots and silk scarf. The lowest prices of the season commence the celebration of a coming king.
Joy to the world.
Is my heart overflowing with joy? I stagger with the harsh reality of truth.
Lord, renew me in your presence. Renew me with your Word.
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have PEACE with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we REJOICE in the hope of the glory of God.”
Romans 5:1-2, NIV
Joy to the world! The Lord has come!
Let us welcome the Christmas season by sharing the hope in which we have. And let us joyfully give, remembering the best gift God gave us—Jesus!
Join me this week as we linger on truth—reminding us of the source of our joy, (and what is not). Click here to download the reading guide. Let's begin this week by reading a passage from Luke.
“Then he [Jesus] said to them, 'Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.'” Luke 12:15, NIV
As you read these verses, consider the following:
Why would Jesus warn us of this?
How does the Christmas season inadvertently breed greediness?
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