“A voice of one calling in the wilderness: “Prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God” (Isaiah 40:3).

It is Advent again. We call this time Advent because it reminds us of what comes from God for the creation of His kingdom on earth. We who are here have been led in a special way to keep what is coming in our hearts, not only in these days, but at all times. That which is to come from God is the most important thing we have in the past, present and in the future as well. It is only in God’s coming that even the Bible itself has value to us, let alone all the other things we call the means of grace. Unless what comes from God is a part, it remains like a dead seed and does not achieve what must be achieved if God’s kingdom is to be. When it comes to the things of God, however, we must not be concerned for what is ours, but only for what belongs to Christ. We should do this not merely for our edification; we must become workers for God. This leads us to God’s vineyard, a place where there is not a great deal of talk, but where everyone is intent on deeds. This is what it means to prepare for Advent.

Jesus says, “Be ready for action, and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return form the wedding banquet…blessed is the slave whom his master will find at work when he arrives” (Luke 12: 35-48). Here Jesus is speaking of his disciples and their preparation for his coming.

Take note that God’s kingdom is not formed by human discovery or intention, however daring and noble, but by the coming of Christ. Our faith and ardor must be for this coming. The reign of God is a marvelous thing. To worldly wisdom God’s kingdom seems like foolishness, and yet it gives shape to the whole world, the whole creation, making it God’s eternal coming. It is remarkable that not only God, creator of heaven and earth, but also God’s people must be a part of this plan. We must be people dressed for action and have lit our lamps. We must be busy preparing everything in the house for His arrival, and keeping everyone in the house aware that the state they are living in is only temporary.

Adapted from “Watch for the Light”