Advent Day 18

Advent Day 18

December 18, 2023

Dec. 18

I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. John 15:5

Christmas may be drawing closer, but for those who have trusted Christ, its promise is already ours! We can say no to the commercialism with its empty promise of the perfect Christmas by saying yes to Immanuel, God with Us, the perfect Savior.

We don’t want to try harder to do better, remember? We want to lean harder, and trust Jesus to strengthen our dusty frames from the inside out. We’re learning to say yes and amen to Jesus’s word, “Without me you can do nothing!” We’re learning we can’t manage our sins through the strength of our willpower and we’re learning to rely on Jesus to make us victorious over them.

Trying harder is religion’s trap. It’s fueled by fear and guilt, and it will fail us every time, but abounding joy is the delightful surprise of grace-driven obedience. Selah.

Shellie Rushing Tomlinson