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Advent Devotion "SENT" – Day 15

  • Create by: Hungsu Lim

    [Advent Devotion] Day 15 “Sent to Be God With Others”

    “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16 NIV)

    The mental chatter in my head was loud as I sat impatiently on one of the many uncomfortable, plastic chairs arranged in a circle. I was at the local jail in a sterile, halogen-lit classroom with lots of windows. Soon several sheriff deputies would arrive, escorting somewhere between twelve to twenty men from different areas of the jail. They were coming to participate in an eight-week parenting class that I had put together and was scheduled to facilitate.

    I knew to some degree what to expect. The deputies would arrive, get the men situated, and then depart, locking the door behind them. Then they would retreat to a nearby office.

    There I sat, a young guy in his mid-twenties (who looked even younger) doing something way out of his comfort zone. Not yet having children of my own, I didn’t have a clue about how to parent, but I did know what it was like not to have a dad around; and I felt called to do something about it. I had been sent to be with absent fathers in a place I never would have predicted.

    Make no mistake about it, you are sent too—sent to be a light to the world. That means you are sent to be Jesus’ love to others, even when that may call you to people or places that are foreign or uncomfortable. I don’t know about you, but I prefer to feel confident and capable when I am embarking on new ways of serving. Yet it has been said that God doesn’t call the qualified; God qualifies the called.

    Throughout the Bible we see people who were afraid of God’s call. They often resisted before being sent to people, situations, and circumstances that required them to trust in God rather than in their abilities. Just like the prophets, disciples, and others in Scripture, we too are usually called to anything but comfort. But we can find comfort in knowing that we are never alone.

    Advent is a time to remember the gift of Jesus. Jesus is “God with us” always—in our pain, in our waiting, in times of rejoicing. It is my prayer that our pain, waiting, and joy will be fertile breeding grounds for God’s call, leading us to go and make God’s love real in meaningful and faithful ways. As we remember and live out the reality that Jesus is “God with us” always, until the end of the age, may God’s light radiate through us in the darkest of places.

    PRAYER: Jesus, thank you for being “God with us”—at all times and in all places. You have sent me to be a light to the world—to share your love with my family, friends, strangers, and even enemies. Sometimes this calls me out of my comfort zone and way beyond my own abilities. So once again I let go and put my trust in you. May I never forget that you are with me—always. Amen.

    (from “SENT: Devotion” Week 3 – Jesus is God with Us by Justin LaRosa)


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