December 18

Read Ephesians 6:10-17.

 

When I first read Ephesians 6:10-17 I thought, “What does a battle motif have to do with Advent?” It seemed strange. Advent is about preparing for the coming of Christ. So, now it makes sense. A soldier dress in full armor is prepared, prepared for the fray that is to come. Thus, like good soldiers, we must be equally as prepared for the coming of Christ. So, we must put on our armor so as to be prepared. Our belt of truth — truth that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior. Our breastplate of righteousness — living a life which is pleasing to God. Shoes to march in the journey for peace. Our shield of faith to totally protect us as we wait on Christ’s coming.

Typically, during Advent season, we focus on the coming of Christ into this world at Christmas. But, there are two other comings of Christ. There is the daily coming of Christ into our hearts and the Second Coming of Christ. Would our armor be any different to prepare for these two other comings? It seems to me that if daily we are prepared for the coming of Christ into our hearts, then we are prepared for Christ coming at Christmas and the Second Coming of Christ.

What do you need to do today to prepare for Christ coming into your heart?

Robert S. Hay, UKirk Auburn

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