Advent 2022: Jesus in Our Hearts by Pius Bola Akinola
“Be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith”
- Ephesians 3:17
Advent Day 13
December 9, 2022
Jesus in Our Hearts
Recently, I conducted an unscientific survey to see how many people, including myself, wear a cross pendant. I was amazed. Six out of ten Christians wear a cross; for some the cross is publicly displayed and others tuck it under their clothing.
Every Christmas neighbors seem to compete to see whose house has the most decorative lighting. While the utility companies collect more money during the holidays, we tend not to worry too much about the expense until the new year.
Do we really love the Lord or are we superficial? Does the cross we wear compel us to help the homeless, clothe the naked, visit and minister to those who are incarcerated? How often do we see someone who needs help, but turn away? How often do we shower our loved ones with presents during Christmas but can’t afford to donate at the Salvation Army collection booth? Answers to these questions might amaze you.
As we prepare our hearts for the coming of our Savior, let’s do as He has commanded; love and care for one another, forgive each other, and obey the commandments.
Trustee Pius Bola Akinola
Finance Office Team
Prayer: Eternal and merciful Father, give us new and clean hearts to love one another more and material things less. Grant us wisdom not to act foolishly in preparing our homes with colorful lights but shun people when they ask for help. Prepare our minds and souls to be like Jesus. This we ask in His name. Amen
We invite you to join us during the Advent season as we reflect on the virtues of Hope, Joy, Peace, and Love; as we anticipate Christ's birth; and prepare our hearts to receive him.
Each day a new reflection with a scripture and prayer will be posted on the Metropolitan AME Church website and social media to encourage you as we prepare.
Read along with us each day or download the book to read and reflect along with us offline.