Advent Devotional – Monday, December 5, 2016 – You Are Mine!
1Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant women, and they will not escape.
4But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. 5You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober.
7For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. 8But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 9For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. – Thessalonians
How many times have we heard the saying ―The day of the Lord comes as a thief in the night? But read on. You are children of the light and that day will not overtake you as a thief. I remember many a Christmas when I would run into the living room and under the tree would be presents covered in wrapping paper, but I would have to look for my name on the package before I knew it was mine. Then and only then could I rip open the paper and see what my gift was. But one Christmas morning as I ran to the tree, there was a bright, shiny bicycle with a bow on it. Just what I had asked for-so instantly I realized: That‘s mine!
Fast forward a few years to when the Holy Spirit brought me to my knees at the altar and I gave myself to Lord Jesus. Yes, I‘m yours Lord! From that day to this one, by the grace of God, I have been a child of the light. Jesus says, ―He‘s mine! The Lord doesn‘t care what you‘ve done or haven‘t done. How pretty you are or aren‘t. How rich you are or aren‘t. He doesn‘t care what color your skin is or anything else. He wants you to live your life for him, since he gave his life for you.
When you do, He becomes not only your Lord and Master, but also a friend that is always there for you. He equips us with armor to protect us from the enemy and loves to see us do well. He is the Good Shepherd. Should we wander away as lost sheep, he will continue to search for us until he finds us. Everyone of us is important to him. He has given us the title of ―children of the light. He called us, separated us, and loves us. Once you make the decision to follow Jesus, he proclaims ―You are mine! and nothing can separate us from his mighty hand and loving heart.