(This is day twelve of the Rediscovering the Christmas Season Advent Study that can be found here. You don’t have to start at the beginning. In fact, you can jump in any time or go in any order. Care to join?)
Read Revelation 2:1-5 and I John 3:1-3.
Read the lyrics to the “12 Days of Christmas.”
Who is your first love? Think about how your feelings of love change over time. In what ways can you relate to the Ephesian church? I hate to say it, but sometimes I think my love for Christ goes in a cycle. There are these times I walk so close to Him, and I can say He is my very best friend. And then there are times when I fight to get into his presence, if I get there at all. I so don’t want to be that way, but I identify with Ephesus and with Tobymac when he says, “I’m feelin’ lukewarm like the water in my tub.” Yeah. You could say that. But God is speaking to me today, and I love that.
Write lyrics to your own version of “12 Days of Christmas” including pieces of your life that He wants, changes He wants you to make, and actions He wants you to take. How about I just list 12 things in no particular order? 1. My time, wholly devoted to Him, no matter what I’m doing. 2. My love. 3. My passion. 4. More service. 5. More action, less talk. 6. More kindness. 7. Less complaining. 8. More joy. 9. More discipline. 10. More honesty. 11. More compassion. 12. More willingness.
Re-read the I John passage. What gifts has our True Love already given to you? I am still stuck on Isaiah 1:18 from yesterday. The fact that my sins are gone, that I’m forgiven… Every single gift He has ever given me hinges on that forgiveness, on the sacrifice of Jesus. If I sat here and listed them all, we’d be here the rest of the week reading all of my blessings. I’m re-reading Rachel Hauck’s Lowcountry series, and I keep being reminded, “God is good. God is love.”