Thursday, December 6, 2012

Anticipation

It’s December—let the merriment begin!

At my house Christmas is more of an entire season rather than a single day. And it begins on December 1st. To kick if off the Montgomerys have a tradition; all my kids—and now my grandkids—get a present that day.

It’s never an expensive gift. When the kids were young it might be Christmas socks, Christmas earrings, a Christmas t-shirt, or Christmas boxers. It really didn’t matter what it was. The point was to mark the start of the season, and point ahead to what was coming—the day of Christmas itself!

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December 1st is only a foretaste of Christmas, but as a result, the whole month is filled with anticipation of the fulfillment of its promise.

It was a great idea, but it was God’s idea first. You see, He has given us the promise of heaven. That promise isn’t fulfilled yet, but He has given us a deposit guaranteeing that it really is coming; His Spirit.

When we first received Jesus as Savior, it marked the beginning of not only a new season, but a whole new eternity! Those of us who have chosen to follow Him know that living with Him in heaven is promised to us. It’s coming, but sometimes it seems like a long ways off. God gives us the Holy Spirit as a deposit guaranteeing that He will fulfill that promise.

It is His Spirit that speaks truth into my heart when the faint stirrings of doubt creep in. It’s His Spirit that affirms His love for me when I feel unlovable. And it is His Spirit that reminds me that heaven really is coming!

It’s way better than any December 1st present, and it’s only part of what’s coming!

And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.        Ephesians 3:13-14

Further reflection:

  1. Does your family have any unique Christmas traditions?
  2. How do they point to the fulfillment of God’s promises?

Father, thank You not only for the promise of heaven, but that You gave us Your Spirit to guarantee its fulfillment. My heart leaps in anticipation of what it will be like to live with You forever.

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