December 1: The Search and Save Mission
As previously mentioned, I will be doing daily reflections for the entire month of December on John Piper’s The Dawning of Indestructible Joy. I’m actually a couple of days behind but I hope to catch up soon. In the meantime, I hope my reflections would be of encouragement to you reading this.
“The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:10)
There were two things that struck me most as I read the suggested passage and the corresponding reflection: first, I realized how God continually moves — always active in pursuing us and never losing focus. And second, that Jesus’ birth was not for Himself but for others.
I must confess that the past Christmas celebrations tended to overwhelm me with the stress of looking for the “perfect” material gifts, of arranging and rearranging schedules to accommodate parties, of the apparent defeat in the tempting food indulgences. Although I see nothing wrong in all these if put in the right perspective, I, however, had been left feeling guilty most of the time after the holiday season was over. I felt guilty because of the apparent selfishness and self-indulgence the Christmas season had made me.
John Piper was right when he said that we don’t actually need brand-new truths. “Brand new truths are probably not truths,” he said. “What we need are reminders about the greatness of the old truths. We need someone to say an old truth in a fresh way. Or sometimes, just to say it.”
And the truth of advent is that Jesus came for others.
Today, I was reminded of the real purpose of Jesus’ birth. God sent Jesus not only for me but for everyone. And God’s pursuit of man did not end upon Jesus’ birth or even upon His death. God continues to pursue us actively and vigorously until now. My prayer is that may I have that same continual earnestness and to be intentional in my desire to show Jesus’ love to every one I meet, even after Christmas.
“Jesus came into the world at the first Advent, and every Advent since is a reminder of his continual advent into more and more lives. And that advent is, in fact, our advent — our coming, our moving into the lives of those around us and into the peoples of the world.” – John Piper