Advent / Week 1
Here’s the way the story stacks up, wraps around and builds upon itself.
We most all have heard the story told of the baby Jesus, born in a manger, in Bethlehem because of the local inn being completely full. No compassion for a woman ready to give birth, literally, after riding days to reach the city on the back of a donkey. The title pic is what we might have seen, Jesus, born in a manger in a cave under the inn.
This is the actual spot where the manger was located. And over the years, after an archeological dig, research along with religious and theological validations proving, in fact, this was the sight of Jesus’ birth. And to protect of history and such a prominent religious, rightfully so, this is what the same spot looks like today…..
That birthplace spot is a very significant place in the world to many people for many reasons religious and otherwise. No matter, something happened here. An event that has changed human history more spectacularly than only creation itself. Now, there’s a more stunning part of the story’s plot. This is the very location that earth received its Creator-King.
At the time of creation, God created a place in each person’s heart designated only for Jesus, King, and singular Son of God to dwell. We happen to be earth-suited souls that are specific and particular to contain Jesus Christ, Him living through us.
Declutter Your Manger
My heart and yours is a manger of sorts. Now it’s a special place, the center of who we are, what we do, and how we do what we do. They can be a dirty place full of waste and debris that happens to be a part of life that needs regular cleaning and maintenance, upkeep and cleaning. Decluttering refocuses what beauty that lies before us redefining our future.
- Identification. Take inventory of the contents of your heart. What are the items, people and relationships that occupy the King’s place?
- De-hoard. Oversimplified, hoarding is holding on to things we just don’t need that we’ve attached emotional worth too. Set your mind, will, and emotions on what is eternal. The King.
- Removal and disposal. Once identified for r&d, don’t look back and don’t second guess. Create more space for. the King. (P.S. There are only some things that He removes when He arrives.)
- Repossession. Giving back to the rightful owner brings peaceful, restful, relief.
2 The people walking in darkness
see a bright light;
on those who live in a land of deep darkness.
3 You have enlarged the nation;
you give them great joy.
They rejoice in your presence
as harvesters rejoice;
as warriors celebrate when they divide up the plunder.
4 For their oppressive yoke
and the club that strikes their shoulders,
the cudgel the oppressor uses on them,
you have shattered, as in the day of Midian’s defeat.
5 Indeed every boot that marches and shakes the earth
and every garment dragged through blood
is used as fuel for the fire.
6 For a child has been born to us,
a son has been given to us.
He shoulders responsibility
and is called:
Prince of Peace.
7 His dominion will be vast
and he will bring immeasurable prosperity.
He will rule on David’s throne
and over David’s kingdom,
establishing it and strengthening it
by promoting justice and fairness,
from this time forward and forevermore.
The Lord’s intense devotion to his people will accomplish this.
#Purpose #Identity #Sonship