Ephesians 2:10 – For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (NIV)
Most Advent themes emphasize the preparations we are invited to make for the coming of our special baby — Jesus, born in Bethlehem. We clean the house and heart. We bake up a storm (maybe). We send out Christmas cards and letters to family and close friends (probably). We look up the sacred Scripture verses each day on the Advent Calendar (unless you have the chocolate one). A friend carefully takes out of its wrapping the nativity ornaments, one by one, each day in Advent, until the baby takes His place cuddling down in the manger.
So, are you hard at work preparing for Christmas? Is this the preparation necessary for God's coming? Let's take a moment away from thinking about all we have to do and ask, "How do we, little earth creatures, prepare for such a huge event as God's coming? What preparing does God do, or is it all up to us?"
Surprise! Most of the preparing must be done by God, not us. In advance, long before we even get started on our lists, God has laid out a plan. As today's Scripture says, God has "prepared in advance" the good work we are called to accomplish. We are not left groping around wondering what to do next. Isn't it wonderful! God does the planning and preparing for everything we are to do for Jesus.
Let's put a stop to our lists, and instead ask God what the divine plan is for today. God has already done the preparations. With God's planning, everything comes together smoothly, for God has laid the foundation and set in place the details. We stand in awe and watch amazing things unfold. Something wonderful will happen that wasn't even on our to-do list. God prepared it! Wow!
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for preparing for this day. As we trust in Your loving provision, may this Christmas be a time in our houses when Your preparations are obvious. May Jesus find more room in each of our hearts when He comes, when they are not cluttered up with all the things we put on our to-do lists. Amen.