Read Colossians 1:15 – 20
The opening question of the Westminster Shorter Catechism asks, Q. 1. What is the chief end of man? A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever. Did you know you were created by God and for Him? All things were created by Him and for Him.
All of Creation is part of God’s grand design. His big picture displays that He is the Creator of all things, and He has invited us to be part of His story. He has not chosen us to be the main characters, but he has chosen us to play a big part in His story. This is something that should stir up excitement in your heart and soul! The infinite God who created all things and is bigger than all of creation has chosen you and me to be part of His grand plan!
Consider the words of Job 10: 9 – 12
“Remember that you have made me like clay; and will you return me to the dust? Did you not pour me out like milk and curdle me like cheese? You clothed me with skin and flesh, and knit me together with bones and sinews. You have granted me life and steadfast love, and your care has preserved my spirit.”
God has taken great care in creating you. He has made you unique. He has not given up on you. He does not want us to give up on Him! He did not cast us away, but found value in each one of us and He has poured His love down on us by sending His beloved Son to dwell among us, to die for us and to give life to all who believe.
As we conclude the first week of Advent take to heart the words of Pastor Timothy Keller, “You are so bad that Jesus had to die for you, but you are so loved by Him that Jesus had to die for you.”
You may be a sinner. You are certainly not perfect, but our Creator is and He loves you so much and He has given everything for you. Can you give Him all of you this Advent season?
Jeff has been in ministry for well over two decades. He currently serves as Campus Pastor at West Bradenton Baptist Southside Campus in Bradenton, Florida.
Jeff Has authored an Advent Devotional (The Advent of Jesus) and a devotional on the book of James (James: Where Faith and Life Meet). Both are available on Amazon.
He is married to Carrie and they have four children, Micaiah, Gabe, Simon, and Berea.
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