Thursday, December 15, 2011

Advent - December 15

Psalm 50, 59, 60, 33

Zechariah 4:1-14

Revelation 4:9 – 5:5

Matthew 25:1-13

In a season of preparation, Psalm 50 gives us a clear direction to think about that for which we should be preparing. We are awaiting the holiday on which we remember the birth of Christ, the gift that became part of the foundation of our faith. While we make a big deal of the arrival (and departure) of Christ, I have found over the years that we rarely give a measure of thanks equal to the gifts from God that make up that foundation.

The psalmist, while writing about sacrifice and offering, puts the focus on those acts at the true meaning behind them. He eloquently reminds us that God does not need our offerings in order to be sustained, but rather our thankfulness symbolized though offerings help us remain close to him. The value of our contribution means nothing to God, who, as creator, has all things except our guaranteed thankfulness and dedication to him. Our sacrifices given in that spirit of thankfulness prove our dedication.

Ultimately, it is all about attitude. As we prepare in this season, let us concentrate on our attitude that when the Gift is given, we may receive it in that right spirit and continue through the year, sacrificing and doing good works with the thankfulness that befits our service to the Lord.

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