Monday, December 7, 2009
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Luke 3:6 – And all mankind will see God's salvation. (NIV)

When I was a teenager in Scotland, I worshipped with the Salvation Army. My best friend at the time, George, had joined the Salvationists, and was a great trumpet player. He always seemed to have a good attitude, was very dependable as a friend, and worked hard at school. I wanted to be like that, so I went to the Army Hall for a number of Sunday morning meetings.

I liked seeing the worshippers in their uniforms, and the worship was amazing. The participants sang enthusiastically, and the brass band played along. It was a wonderful experience, and I wanted to be part of their community, but to do so, I needed to sign the pledge, and I just wasn't prepared to do that at the time.

I guess I wanted to have my cake and eat it too; or to put it another way, I wanted to have my beer and drink it too. Eventually, I stopped going to services, because I knew I was being a hypocrite. It never affected George's friendship with me. If he was disappointed, I never knew it. He was a true Christian, and years later, when I fiercely battled against alcohol and struggled with my faith, George's example kept me going at times. I could see God's salvation in him when I was a teenager, and it helped me seek Christ later in life.

Advent is a time when we can rediscover Christ. We often think about Him as the holy child in the precious manger, but for those of us who have struggled in life, He is much more than a Christmas-card baby. Christ is the Saviour of our souls. He is the chosen One in whom God's salvation can be seen by the entire world.

If you're presently struggling with issues and feeling insecure, then, please, come to Jesus, and receive His total reassurance. He has promised us that He will help to carry our burdens and restore us to God's merciful love. It's a wonderful blessing and a remarkable opportunity for salvation.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for the true Christians in our lives, whose characters and conduct attract us to God's salvation. Bless them for their understanding and support. Bring us closer to You through God's amazing love. In Your holy name, we pray. Amen.

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