First Steps – December 4, 2017

In the beginning of Luke’s Gospel, people are waiting for the Messiah.  It is not a passive waiting but an active waiting. They know what they are waiting for is growing from the very place they are standing.  Simeon even said, “Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace.  For my eyes have seen your salvation which you have prepared in

the sight of all nations:  a light to the Gentiles and the glory of your people Israel.”  They didn’t wait with empty hearts.  Something had already happened.

This is the secret for us about waiting.  We wait with the conviction that a seed has been planted and something has already begun.  Active waiting implies being fully present to the moment with the conviction that something has and is happening—God’s Kingdom has come!

As you wait for the coming of Christ, wait knowing that God is at work in you and in the world.  Wait with conviction and confidence that the one who began a good work in you [and in the world] is faithful to bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.

This week’s reading:


Monday – Mark 11, 12
Tuesday – Mark 13, 14
Wednesday – Mark 15, 16
Thursday – Galatians 1, 2
Friday – Galatians 3, 4

Please Pray for:

  • The upcoming Ukraine Mission Trip.
  • The many who dread this season because of the pain of brokenness, sadness, and grief.
  • Everyone who will attend worship services at this time of the year—may they rest in the joy of God’s gift of salvation in Jesus Christ.