Friday, December 2nd

 

Longing:  An Advent Devotional

Overland Park Church of the Nazarene

Advent 2016

Friday, December 2nd

CONNECT

As we continue our journey in Advent, let us sing, pray, and study our hopes and promises for our Savior:

Opening Prayer

All-powerful God,
help us to look forward in hope
to the coming of our Savior.
May we live as he taught,
ready to welcome him with burning love and faith.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Hymn (Take a moment to devotionally read or sing “Send the Light.” As you do, consider our role in sharing God’s light with the world.)  Digital Copy: http://www.hymnary.org/text/theres_a_call_comes_ringing_oer_the_rest 

 

There’s a call comes ringing o’er the restless wave:  

“Send the light!  Send the light!”  

There are souls to rescue, there are souls to save.  

Send the light!  Send the light!

 

Send the light, the blessed gospel light.

Let it shine from shore to shore.  

Send the light, and let its radiant beams

Light the world forevermore.  

 

We have heard the Macedonian call today:

Send the light!  Send the light!

And a golden offering at the cross we lay.  

Send the light!  Send the light!

 

Send the light, the blessed gospel light.

Let it shine from shore to shore.  

Send the light, and let its radiant beams

Light the world forevermore.  

 

Let us pray that grace may everywhere abound:

Send the light!  Send the light!

And a Christlike spirit everywhere be found.

Send the light!  Send the light!

 

Send the light, the blessed gospel light.

Let it shine from shore to shore.  

Send the light, and let its radiant beams

Light the world forevermore.  

 

Let us not grow weary in the work of love.

Send the light!  Send the light!  

Let us gather jewels for a crown above.  

Send the light!  Send the light!

 

Send the light, the blessed gospel light.

Let it shine from shore to shore.  

Send the light, and let its radiant beams

Light the world forevermore.  

—Charles H. Gabriel

GROW:  Romans 13:11-14

    We conclude our workweek with the same text we studied on Monday: Romans 13:11-14. As you read this passage again today, does anything new stand out to you? How have you seen the truth of these words throughout your week? What areas of darkness have you confronted? Where have you seen the hope, encouragement, and joy of Christ’s light breaking into the world? Reflect on these experiences and lift them up to God in prayer.

    As we read on Monday, our hope in Christ demands alertness. Waiting upon the Lord is not a passive act; it is one that requires our full and deliberate attention. The apostle Paul is convinced that what we hope for should have a profound effect on how we live. As we awake to the dawn of our new life in Christ, we clothe ourselves with Him. It is Christ’s armor of light that we wear. It is He who protects us. It is He who sanctifies us. It is Christ, by the Spirit, who sends us into the dark places of the world as ambassadors of His light.

    Through faith, Christ grants us salvation. Hallelujah! Yet, that same faith requires a great responsibility. Having seen Christ’s light, we can no longer live as we did in the darkness. Christ entrusts us—as His adopted children—to proclaim His Kingdom in thought, word, and deed. Our Lord wants others to see His selfless love through our actions. What new action could you take up during this Advent season to show that love to those around you? Is there some activity you might lay aside in order to better dedicate you time to God’s work in you and in the world?

SERVE

    In many ways, our time is the most valuable resource we have. Nothing shows our priorities as clearly as our calendars and schedules. As an act of service, prayerfully consider the day before you. Think of some part of your schedule that you can give up for the purpose of devoting it to someone else. Perhaps you could invite a co-worker to lunch, buy coffee for a neighbor, or call an old friend. Pray for God’s guidance before this meeting and, as part of your dedicated time together, offer to pray for the person you are with. May God use you to share His light with others.

--Pastor Travis Caldeira