In the season of Advent, we await the birth of Jesus, or rather we await the remembrance of Jesus’ birth.
Why wait? Why not skip Advent and jump right to Christmas? What’s the point in waiting?
Waiting makes the heart grow fonder.
Waiting prepares us for what we hope for.
Waiting forces us to examine ourselves (our motives, our wants, our desires).
Waiting grows our patience.
Waiting builds our trust in God.
(What else would you add?)
What does the Bible say on waiting?
- "As for me, I look to the Lord for help. I wait confidently for God to save me, and my God will certainly hear me." Micah 7:7 (NLT)
- "but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:31(ESV)
- "I truly believe I will live to see the Lord’s goodness. Wait for the Lord’s help. Be strong and brave, and wait for the Lord’s help." Psalm 27:13-14 (NCV)
- "The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him." Lamentations 3:25 (ESV)
What are you waiting for?
How does waiting grow your heart for Jesus?
Beyond Advent, as we await Jesus’ 2nd coming, how does waiting prepare how you live your life for Him every day?
How does waiting on Jesus force you to examine yourself?
How does waiting grow your patience?
How does waiting build your trust in God?
As you self-reflect on the above, consider others who are waiting as well.
We have communities waiting to hear the Good News of Jesus.
We have communities ready to have the presence of Jesus brought to them.
As the world waited for Jesus to be sent by our Heavenly Father, we have communities waiting for YOU and your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to bring His life-transforming Word to them.
So as our communities are waiting, what are you waiting for?
Our StartNew Incubator is one way you and your fellow believers in Christ can be sent to meet the need of our waiting communities. FiveTwo plans to Launch 30 new ministries in 2018 that bring the presence of Jesus into our communities. As you await the remembrance of Jesus' birth...
...is God is waiting on You to be among these 30?
...is God waiting on you to help send these 30?