DAY 10

“Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.”

Romans 8:8-9


Hope coincides with this holiday season. You can see it in the starry lights, feel it in the peace of night, hear it in the carols sung and sense it through the spirit of kindness at this time of year. Contemporary culture may have completely commercialized our celebration of Christ’s birth, but the hope that once engulfed the earth at the time of the incarnation still exists in our world today. Christmas is the time of year we get the privilege of witnessing humanity take on the likeness of Heaven.

Based on the promises of God’s word, we know that heaven is full of light (Revelations21:23), praise (Revelations 4:8), and life in abundance (Revelations 22:1-5), so there is something unique about this season that figuratively reveals Heaven’s image. But it’s God’s generous heart that inspires hope around the world. For these few short weeks, it’s as if giving becomes instinctual and our self-seeking tendencies flee.

As Christians, our hope rises out of remembrance of the gift we received when God personally took on the human condition. Through Jesus, He entered the disordered mess of struggling humanity and set it right once and for all (Romans 8:3-4). Despite our selfish nature and lack of faith, He chose to forgive us and find pleasure in us through the sacrifice that His Son made on our behalf.

Demonstrating the Father’s heart through acts of generosity during this festive season can stir hope amongst a hopeless people. Beyond the Christmas season though, we have the eternal gift of knowing that God’s mercy and kindness towards us does not end once the lights come down and the snow melts away. Our Father has already set apart a place for us in Heaven. He delights in us forever, and has given us the gift of His Spirit so that we can live from His love rather than for it!

Today, let’s embrace heaven touching earth. He’s here now! Let Him have His way!

Roshard Bryant