Posted by: morgan1965 | December 2, 2017

Advent: Let’s Clean House For Jesus

As we enter the Advent Season 2017, we are reminded that it is time to clean house for Jesus.

Let’s pause for a moment and engage in some clarification. Advent, of course, is the season leading up to Christmas. It is the time when we tend to prepare our homes to receive the holiday guests during the Christmas season. We like to make room for the guests by first getting rid of all the junk that clutters our house, or rearrange things so that there is less of a clutter. That is a good thing, but that is not the focus of Advent.

Advent is the time to focus on ourselves, God’s temple. There are a few pertinent questions that we can ask: What has happened in our life that is crowding Jesus out? Is there room in our life for Jesus? What are you doing to make room for Jesus? The Christmas song admonishes us to prepare room for Jesus.

During Jesus’s ministry, Jesus noticed that the Temple had become cluttered with things and activities that were not germane to the worship of God. As the story goes, when Jesus went to the temple in Jerusalem, “he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables.” (John 2:14) Jesus made a whip and drove the men and the animals out of the temple. He forbade them to turn his Father’s house into a marketplace. In other words, Jesus cleaned house.

Are you prepared to clean house for Jesus?

The goal is to prepare our hearts for the Savior’s coming into our community, our church, our home, and our heart.

First, let’s make room for the candle of Hope. Jesus is the hope of the world.

Second, let’s make room for the candle of Love. It is God’s love that has saved us from our sins. Out of love, Jesus sacrificed his life for us.

Third, let’s make room for the candle of Joy. We want to share in Mary’s joy for being a servant in God’s plan of salvation.

Fourth, let’s make room for the candle of Peace. We can receive, and we can share the gift of peace. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)

Yes, on each of the four Sundays during Advent, we can light the candles of Hope, Love, Joy and Peace. These steps enrich the cleaning house process and prepare us for welcoming Jesus into our hearts and our minds.

Remember: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)

Charles Wesley penned our invitation to Jesus in his hymn: “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus.”

“Come, thou long-expected Jesus, born to set thy people free;

from our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in thee.

Israel’s strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art;

dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart.”

Think about the dynamics of Advent, and ponder these things in your heart.

Let’s clean house for Jesus!!!

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