A good friend of mine is the Campus Minister at a nearby university. For the past several years, he has produced an Advent devotional, with each day’s contribution written by students, faculty and staff.
I was up to see him a few weeks ago, and picked up this year’s edition, and have been using it each day as I get myself spiritually ready for Christmas. The devotional for today, written by a student named A. Boyd, is worth sharing.
Are You Sure This Is Right?
“John’s disciples told him about all these things. Calling two of them, he sent them to the Lord to ask ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?'” Luke 7:18-19
Oh, how skeptical we are! Taking things on faith is one of the most difficult things to do and yet is the biggest thing we are called to do.
We are afraid of being wrong so we hesitate to assert anything before we know for sure what is true. This can sometimes be our biggest fear when we are first beginning to seriously learn what being a Christian means and take it on for ourselves.
Advent is a time of waiting for Christ, in anticipation of his coming, and sometimes we need to take a step back and ask ourselves what is it really that we are waiting for, and is Christ truly the answer?
In today’s Gospel, John the Baptist ask the same thing. He wants to know if Christ is truly the one that they have been waiting for and before he continues to sacrifice his life for Him, he wants to make sure he is right. Christ answers very simply: see the people who have been healed, see the lame that are walking, and the dead that are being raised to life, and then you tell me if I am the one you are waiting for.
Christ asks us to do the same. Look around and see His good works, see the healing that He has brought in your own life and in others and you should be able to answer for yourself. We do not wait in vain. Chris is the one that we have waited for and He is well worth the wait.