Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving, has become so important to our economy that many businesses opened on Thursday so the crowds could get a jump on all of the sales. The news reporters showed us video of happy shoppers pushing their over-stuffed carts out of the stores and into the parking lot.
The message is obvious: the more you buy, the happier you are. Really?
Is our nation’s discontent coming from a lack of stuff?
Hardly. Most of us have more stuff than we know what to do with.
Our homes are cluttered with stuff, most of it going unused for years at a time. Yet, when we try to get rid of stuff, we fight back. Why?
Because the stuff gives meaning to our lives .We know we’re somebody when we have acquired certain things. We know we’re important if we drive this car or live at this address or wear these clothes. Then, why do we need more stuff?
Because after a while, stuff loses is power to define us so we have to buy something else so we can once again prove to ourselves that we matter.
Advent is the time of the Christian year when we are confronted with our need to make room for the coming Christ child.
Jesus is coming. The promise of God is being kept in the birth of this Child. Where can He be born? Where will He stay?
Too quickly we answer, “He can be born here. He can stay with us.” Really?
Where? Our lives are crowded with stuff. . .stuff that we were told would give our lives meaning but in reality, only chokes our souls.
If Jesus is going to be born in us, we’ve got to get rid of stuff. We’ve got to make room.
Advent is the four weeks before Christmas that calls us to throw out all of life’s pretenders and get ready for the most real Reality of All – Jesus.
So whatever clutters you soul – anger, bitterness, lust, greed and anything like them – throw it out.
Whatever clutters your time – false obligations, shallow social pressures – get rid of them.
Whatever clutters your life – things you don’t wear, need or use…load them up and carry them off.
This is Advent. This is the time we have to get ready for His coming.
He’s a big God. He’ll need lots of room