Monday, December 2, 2013

The Promise

It’s December—let the merriment begin!

At my house Christmas is more of an entire season rather than a single day. It begins on December 1st, and to kick if off we have a tradition; all my kids—and now my grandkids—get a present.

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

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’s a great idea, but it was God’s idea first. You see, believers have been given the promise of heaven. As long as we are living that promise isn’t fulfilled, so 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 heaven is coming, and we eagerly anticipate what it will be like. God’s glory will shine so brightly that there will be no need of the sun or moon (Revelation 21:23-24). “There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain” (Revelation 21:4). Just imagine—all things will finally be made right! Sometimes my soul longs for it now.

God has given 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!

God’s Spirit is way better than any December 1st present!

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!

2 comments:

  1. Beautifully written, Chris. Only we who know Jesus as Lord and Savior can experience the true PEACE that this season brings. Praise God for His gifts of salvation and His Spirit living in us!

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    1. Thanks, Carol. You are so right--we would so lost without Jesus!

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