As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, "I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming...
- Luke 3:15-16 (NRSV)
Christmas will be here shortly and that means there's lots of "questioning and concerning" ahead. Travel, housing, food, activities, traffic, gifts..But how often do we think of our 'why'; the reason(s) why we travel, why we're willing to stand in TSA lines, why we prioritize being together?
Luke 3 tells us John, the son of Zechariah, traveled the wilderness sharing the good news to the people. The crowd responds thinking he, John (the preparer) is the Messiah; the reason to celebrate. John quickly corrects them saying, "one more powerful" is coming. John diverts the focus from him to the reason to celebrate.
I can't help but connect to the people in Luke 3. I'm often fixated on the preparation and logistics of the holiday season, rather than the celebration of "Emmanuel". I want to change that. This year, I want to breathe the Christmas spirit, and connect with those around me; my reason for gathering. It's time I set my "questioning and concerning" aside, and welcome my true reasons to celebrate.
What's your reason?
Just a thought about mission.