What is the mark of a saint? What is the mark of someone totally possessed by the Holy Spirit? John Paul II said that, in the Bible, the fundamental characteristic of the Spirit is creating movement. The saints epitomize this. They go. It is like they are riding on the wind. They seem to be movement itself. Even when in a moment of stilled prayer, they are not static or stagnant, but vibrating. They are dynamic: moved here to there by an energetic, living power. They have left the safe shore to surf the towering waves.
FAITH IS SPELLED R.I.S.K.
Think of Abraham with a knife in his hand, holding it over his son, Isaac. Think of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, refusing to worship an idol and being flung into the blazing furnace. Think of Daniel continuing to pray even though he knew there was a pit of lions waiting. Think of Esther approaching the king without being summoned. Think of Mary, unwed, saying yes to carrying the Savior.
Advent is the season in which we celebrate the reality that God made himself vulnerable, that He put Himself at risk by becoming a newborn in Bethlehem. Through creating autonomous human beings as well as through the incarnation, God took incredible risks to open up the possibility of relationship. And so we mimic God as well as trust in God by taking risks for His sake.
We all want to be comfortable. But so much of real life is found outside our comfort zone. Maybe someone bought you a coffee and shared an outreach card with you. Or maybe someone prayed for you and gave you their wristband. How ever you got here, thanks for checking us out. The Problem - Our sinful rebellion against God. Get real with God about your sin, believe that He sent Jesus to die for your sin, and ask Him to forgive you. Get off the throne and let Jesus take charge of your life. Let others know that you are a follower of Jesus and join a community of believers.