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"He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3:30

Reflect

On this first day of Advent, I'm asking myself, what fills my heart? What am I spending my time thinking about? So often, the busyness of the season can fill our minds. For some of us, the holidays usher in more pain to our longing hearts. Even now, in this time of gift giving and joyful singing, we can find ourselves to be consumed with self. Our schedule, our pain, our desires, and our feelings are all written out on the journal of our mind, stealing the glory from the One who deserves every ounce of our devotion.

Maybe you stumbled upon this blog as a person who doesn't belong to Christ. Right now, you stand dead in your sin before a holy God (Ephesians 2:1). He stands ready to forgive you, if you would turn from your sin and trust in His Son, Jesus (Acts 2:37-41). This Jesus, who took on flesh and humbled Himself not only to a vulnerable womb, but also to death, is your only hope for salvation (Philippians 2:7-8). Will you let another year go by, ignoring the most precious gift ever to be given?

Christian, will you let another Christmas go by, failing to acknowledge and ponder the beauty of the incarnation? Will you allow your mind to be filled with self rather than the selfless Son of God who took on flesh to live out the perfection you never could?

Today, He calls both believers and non believers alike to prepare Him room. Let us set aside our worries and distractions and fix our eyes on our beloved Savior. He is truly worthy of our full attention.

Pray

Lord, thank You for sending Your Son. I pray for anyone who reads this blog who doesn't know You. I pray You would convict them of their sin, and today would be the first day of new life in Christ for them. Please help us, Lord, to be reminded often of the gift of Jesus. Empty us of ourselves that we may be filled with devotion to You and You alone. In Jesus' precious name, Amen.

Your Turn

What is filling your mind this season? Spend some time reading and meditating on Philippians 2:1-11.