Advent has begun this past weekend. Advent precedes Christmas, but what is its purpose? After all, we cannot know what we are supposed to do during Advent without knowing the purpose of Advent. Advent is a season of preparing for the arrival of Jesus.
Surely, Jesus has already arrived into this world with the first Christmas years ago, but we are called to prepare to receive Jesus into our lives and hearts as if it was the first Christmas. God has no limits and can come to us as genuine as we are able to receive Him. In that way, the only limitation to receiving Jesus is placed upon us. And by doing this every year, we are able to expand upon our openness to Jesus more and more.
Also, we need to prepare ourselves for Jesus’ second coming. We do not know the day or the hour. We cannot wait to get right with God until later. We may die at any moment in any day and Jesus may come to end time at any moment of any day. If we are not prepared, we may chose Hell for ourselves. Jesus loves us and wants us to join Him in Heaven, but we must be prepared to do so.
What are you doing to prepare for Jesus? What do you do to prepare for a very special guest?