Yesterday at church we moved into the Advent season with an interactive message that had us reflect on John the Baptist’s call to “make straight the way of the Lord” (John 1:23). We littered our stage area with random “stuff,” blocking sight-lines to our worship team and speakers. Then we sought to use John’s life and message as a template for how to prepare the way for Jesus through an often cramped and cluttered season.
We talked about the importance of confession and repentance; two actions that help us de-clutter and throw off (cf. Hebrews 12:1) all the distractions that prevent us from beholding Jesus (cf. John 1:29).
We invited people to come forward, take an item from the front, and remove it. Our goal was to make straight paths together. Our aim was to create space for God. Making space for God is not easy. But when we clear out the distractions that interfere with us beholding Jesus, we encounter him in new and life-giving ways. Perhaps most importantly, when we create space for God, He fills our emptied spaces with more of His presence, love, grace, and power.
As the Advent season unfolds, here are a few resources you may find helpful as you seek to create space for God in your life. As you use them, may God fill the spaces you open up for Him (however meagre) with new life and new hope in Jesus.
A daily video series that the 24-7 prayer movement has produced for this Advent season looks incredible! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1_0WFGKEr8&feature=youtu.be&list=UUJuxgOp1QBXfb-qFQONAtiA
A local pastor Chris Schoon is writing daily advent reflections here: www.muddiedprayers.com
I wrote a series of daily devotionals for Advent last year. Here’s the first: http://meredisciple.com/2013/12/first-week-of-advent-sunday-december-1st/ (Just search “Monday, December 2nd”, “Tuesday, December 3rd”, etc. for the subsequent days on my site)