CAUSE AND EFFECT

In the 1600s, Sir Isaac Newton published his great work on what would be known as his three laws of motion. Essentially, it looked at how objects would respond with the influence and impact of an external force.

CAUSE AND EFFECT

Because he made this observation—and attached a bunch of data and numbers and formulas and all that good stuff to support and explain his observations and studies - Sir Issac Newton is considered as one of the greatest scientific minds ever. 

He looked at something that we all “knew”—that if acted upon, something is going to happen to this or that object. Duh. But he took it further, slowed it down, and showed us just how.

Cause and Effect

When an external force with enough impact and power and force comes into contact with something else, a significant occurrence takes place—something is going to happen to something. 

ENTER JESUS. LITERALLY, BABY JESUS.

Cause and Effect

Advent has to cause something to happen.

It is an event, an occurrence, unlike anything that this world has ever seen. Jesus Christ, the prophesied Messiah, has come.

Talk about an external force.

So then, we have to respond to the Advent, because the Advent has to cause something to happen within each of us. The Advent cannot be left alone. It forces a response, a choice: we can either let this thing change us, or not. Something has to happen.

THREE WAYS

Here are 3 ways in which we can let the Advent lift our eyes up this week—if we choose to and let it—as Christmas Day is coming.

Advent causes us to be still; it causes us to stop and see. Something new is happening—do we not see it? Hopefully, we can. Isaiah 43:19 says, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” 

This week, let’s stop and just be.

We live in a world where news, images, updates, notifications, and a screen of some sort is literally always at our fingertips. This is the most distracted us humans have ever been. What would happen if we just put it all down for a little bit? Could we maybe see something that we were too distracted to see before? That was there all along? Let’s be here this season. 


Secondly, Advent causes us to be filled with expectancy and to anticipate and believe in a better day—that hope has come and is coming. This week, pray and give whatever it is you are carrying to God. He welcomes it; and loves it. Pray and ask: what may Jesus be inviting you into as this year closes, and as a new year is beginning? Look to the future with hope, because it’s here and alive—and came as a baby. What newness may He be inviting you into?

Lastly, Advent causes us to respond. Like the wise men and magi, we can go to Jesus this season. Or, we can just let it come and go. I think that if we go and look, we can be changed. That’s just what Jesus does—you cant go to Him and look at Him and not be stirred to reflect in some way. So, let’s be people who pray; let’s be people who are in the Scriptures; let’s be people of connection, with God, others, and ourselves.

Jesus has come.

Cause and Effect