Thursday, December 22, 2011

Advent - December 22


Psalm 80, 146, 147

2 Samuel 7:18-29

Galatians 3:1-14

Luke 1:57-66

The season of Advent began this year with God reminding us that he sees all things and in the end, his judgment would come on those who did evil. Psalm 146 reminds us of his care for all and that he is not only aware of those wicked people, but of the needs of those who do good and who need his help. His presence is here for all of us.

The passage in Galatians discusses joins the argument about what it is we should do. Paul specifically addresses the believers in Galatia concerning following the law as some teachers were demanding or accepting salvation by faith. The conclusion ends up being not an either-or, but a both-and situation. The law does not save us, faith does, but the law guides the way we live out our faith.

God’s wish for us is to bring us into a wholeness of faith and life as complete spiritual and physical beings. He demonstrated the possibility for us with the gift of his Son, Jesus. As we rapidly approach the celebration of that gift, let us examine those things we need to do to become whole persons in the model God desires.