Advent #2: Painful Prep Work

Malachi 3:1-3  1 “See, I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lordyou are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the LORD Almighty. 2 But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can standwhen he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. 3 He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the LORD will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness

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refiners fire jpgThe prep work necessary for an upcoming celebration can be exhausting and overwhelming, but it’s necessary.

Same with the Spirit’s sanctifying work in our hearts. We don’t always welcome it and often, in our lack of humility, rail against it in anger and frustration. Why me? Why us? Why now?

May we receive with repentance and open hearts the coming of our Lord and let Him refine, wash, and shape us to His glory.

#Wade

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