December 2 – Prepare (Advent 2014 Devotional)

Luke 1:5-7 During the rule of King Herod of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah. His wife Elizabeth was a descendant of Aaron. They were both righteous before God, blameless in their observance of all the Lord’s commandments and regulations. They had no children because Elizabeth was unable to become pregnant and they both were very old.


Now that we are on this journey to prepare our hearts for the coming Messiah, we should take some time and release any insecurities and doubt we may have that God will come to us. As we discussed on November 30, there is nothing in God’s way to stop him from fulfilling his plans.

Today we meet Zechariah and Elizabeth, a priest and his wife devoted to serving the Lord. God uses Zechariah’s position as a priest to meet him exactly where he is, which we will see tomorrow. So think about it, would it have made a difference is they had another position in the community? You and I are placed in our professions to be an influence to those around us, to set the example of Jesus Christ and to tell his story.

I find it very interesting how Luke describes this couple “blameless in their observance of all the Lord’s commandments and regulations.” How would you describe yourself? Would you consider yourself to be blameless? Why or why not?

God is up to something incredible! May this Christmas bring us all into a closer relationship with Jesus Christ and we see how God is still working in the world.

Almighty God, you have put us in this place and at this time. May we use our positions in our family, community, work place, etc to be the examples of Jesus Christ You call us to be to those around us. Thank you for this opportunity! Come, Lord Jesus! Amen.

Published by Ryan Stratton

Ryan Stratton is a pastor in the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He serves with his wife, Amanda, along with their children. He writes about life, faith, and leadership through his blog.

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