Advent Devotions

Friday, December 17

As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

 Luke 3:15-17

Do you know what I love about this text? I love that John knows who he is and who he isn’t. He, who has been filled with the Holy Spirit, is launching his ministry proclaiming to the people the message of repentance and renewal and giving concrete ways for people to change how they lead their lives. He is gaining traction. People want to come to him and be baptized by him. People are being filled with expectation so much so that they are wondering if he is the Messiah! In essence, John has become a rock star.

But despite the temptation it might have been to live into this newfound popularity, John knows who he is and who he isn’t. He is aware of God’s call on his life, claims it, and lives fully into it as he proclaims the good news to the people. Do you know who you are and who you are not?

I often try to be things that I am not. I often listen more to the ways society highlights my weaknesses rather than claim and celebrate who God created me to be.

I am beloved. You are beloved. 

Celebrate today, remembering that you are God’s beloved who is called for sacred work and holy living!

Closing Practice

On a sheet of paper, number from 1 to 7. Next to number 1, write: I am beloved. Next to number 7, write: I am beloved. Fill in the rest with “I am” statements of who you are and of who God created you to be.

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