“It would seem that our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” (CS Lewis, The Weight of Glory)
Part of being human means wrestling with our desires. The days leading up to Christmas provide an opportunity for each of us to reflect upon what is most important to us. The cultural narrative of this season is driven by consumerism whose mantra might be summarized by the following: “if a little bit is good, more must be better and and a lot is the best.”
Jesus said, “what good is it for you to gain the whole world, yet forfeit your soul?” (Mark 8:36). What a tragic thing it is for people to come to the celebration of Christ’s birth and discover that they have forfeited their soul to things that ultimately do not satisfy. Our participation in the Advent Conspiracy creates the space to examine our desires and direct them toward God and the amazing gift of salvation God offers us in the person of Jesus Christ.
This week what can you do to orient your life in such a way that your soul is filled more and more with the things of God?
Yesterday we introduced a new Advent song from Matt Maher, Aaron Keyes, Johnny Parks and Michael Gungor called “Hope Is Dawning.” This Trinitarian song contains a simple chorus that prayerfully declares:
We are longing
Hope is dawning
Come Lord Jesus
You can hear the story behind the song and listen to an acoustic version at Worship Toegther’s New Song Cafe.
Here is our complete worship flow:
- O Praise Him (David Crowder Band)
- Hallelujah – Your Love Is Amazing (Brenton Brown)
- Advent Readings (Isaiah 11:1-10 and Responsive Reading)
- O Come, O Come Emmanuel (Lincoln Brewster version)
- Announcements and Offering
- Message (Spend Less)
- Hope Is Dawning (Matt Maher and Aaron Keyes)
You can learn what other communities of faith experienced this weekend in worship at The Worship Community.