Advent, Week 1, Thursday – (Not) Getting What We Want

Thursday, Week 1
(Not) Getting What We Want

Scripture Reading
I Corinthians 1:3-9

 The Message

May all the gifts and benefits that come from God our Father, and the Master, Jesus, be yours.
Every time I think of you – and I think of you often!  I thank God for your lives of free and open access to God, given by Jesus.  There’s no end
To what has happened in you – it’s beyond speech, beyond knowledge.  The evidence of Christ has been clearly verified in your lives.
Just think – you don’t need a thing, you’ve got it all!  All God’s gifts are right in front of you as you wait expectantly for our Master Jesus to
Arrive on the scene for the Finale.  And not only that, but God himself is right alongside to keep you steady and on track until things are all
wrapped up by Jesus.  God who got you started in this spiritual adventure, shares with us the life of His Son and our Master Jesus.  He will never
Give up on you.  Never forget that.

With society “shouting” at us from all directions that we only have a limited number of shopping days left to find that perfect gift for Christmas, it’s hard to hear the message of this advent season.  In reading I Corinthians 1:3-9 we find the apostle Paul had his finger on the pulse of people who needed peace, and isn’t that what we desire and hope for especially during Christmas?  What if we were to adjust our expectations?

I vividly remember one Christmas when I asked for a new and wildly popular doll, Barbie.  I talked about her endlessly and fully expected to find her among my gift on Christmas morning.  My dad was an Air Force pilot and on temporary assignment in Alaska, which in my mind was very close to Santa, making Barbie even more obtainable.  We received a package from Dad to be opened on Christmas and sure enough, I noted a long slender box for me – Barbie-sized in my estimation.  Imagine my disappointment when I tore in to that box and found not Barbie, but Jan.  I was devastated.  I had expected beautiful Barbie and instead gotten plain-Jane Jan. She had a pony tail like Barbie, but make no mistake, she was not Barbie.  Having somewhat realistic proportions, she was definitely a more acceptable doll for me, according to my parents.  I hated Jan.  I had conveyed to my parents exactly what I wanted and I was let down.  My disappointment colored the way I viewed every other present I opened that day.  I couldn’t even appreciate all the nice things I had because I was focused on the Barbie I expected and didn’t receive.

Of course I knew the whole point of Christmas wasn’t about me and my expectations since it was after all Jesus’ birthday, but in my disappointment I just didn’t quite catch on to the meaning or that truth.  When we do “catch on” we realize we already have all we need.  That truth is what spoke to me in this passage of scripture.  I love the way Eugene Peterson translates verse 7 in The Message, “Just think – you don’t need a thing, you’ve got it all.  All God’s gifts are right in front of you.”  How about that?  We don’t really need anything because all God’s gifts are already ours.

Let’s adjust our expectations in light of that truth about Christmas.  When we “catch on” it’s one time we would not be disappointed.   

Debbie Wortham

Jesus invites people into his life and his way. He takes what is and points to the new way of the Kingdom of God.  Come see what this journey is all about!

One way to think about the mission of Jesus - He calls into question the way things are and points to the way things may be in the Kingdom of God. 

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