For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.

Romans 8: 19


It is hard to wait for Christmas. There are so many joys and pleasures to anticipate that time can seem to stop in place as the days of December roll past on the calendar. We look forward to family gathering, greetings exchanged, and comfortable good meals prepared and eaten in an environment that invites taking our time and a schedule set aside for a day. We shop for special gifts that hand the receiver the blessing of a picture of the heart of the giver, and we anticipate opening gifts that are wrapped in love. The December air crackles with the sort of magic that C. S. Lewis spoke about in his Tales of Narnia. This real magic is found in the presence of Christ in the land as He grants perspective to the season and brings all into clear focus.


Although we humans may think that we have the market on Christmas anticipation cornered, that we own it in its entirety; that is simply not true. Our entire world has undergone the pain and the loss that is the negative blessing, the curse, of sin. Evil is more real than even the most aware of us can consider. It rages in the storm, and its icy flow seeps into the minute cracks of our hearts in order to erode our spirits from within. God’s original creation had no storm and knew no destruction and loss. So, it is this state of deep and unremitting peace that even the rocks and the seas desire. All of Creation is waiting for Christ to return and to put it all right again with a sort of tingle of anticipation that is like a groom at the altar or a child on Christmas morning.


At this time we all continue to wait for Christmas. We live in the presence of the unresolved tension that uncertainty brings; yet, we also dwell in the presence of God’s promised and delivered certainty. Christ is the answer to every question that we and the rest of creation utter. Although we await the total healing that His return will bring about, we are, in fact, healed by His presence in our lives. So, as Christ transforms every person who calls upon Him from being sons of the world into being true and fully vested sons of God, we are called by Christ to serve His Kingdom by bringing healing to our world. Where there is destruction, we can bring repair. As there is loss, we can comfort. In a land that is filled with sorrow and pain, we can bring the hope that is Christmas.


For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.

Romans 8: 19


Did you realize that everything is waiting on you? Yes, institutions, politics, music, art, your neighbor, your family, the next person that you will meet in line at the grocery store, and everyone and all of the world around you is waiting. Most of them don’t have the slightest clue that they are caught up in this form of suspension, and I also bet that you haven’t given very much thought to this long list of appointments that you need to keep, either. I know that I hadn’t begun to add them into my calendar. Yet, they are there, and the schedule was devised by God, Himself, and He set it up back in the very beginning of time.


The person who God determined would make a difference in our world is you, and me. The Lord is, of course, fully aware of the enormous gap that exists in the way that this world functions and in the one that He designed for it, and Christ is the answer to that gap. However, He has already done His personal first work, and, although, He will do a second and a final work, this work is something that will come at a time that only God knows. Until then, Christ has tasked His followers with the right to pursue redemption, with the responsibility to seek it, and with the power to do His redemptive will. All of creation, that is, all of the world is waiting for the healing touch that can only be found through Christ, and guess what; you and I are the ones who have been given that role and the responsibility for reaching out to touch all around with God’s love.


This is a huge responsibility and an enormous task; yet, it is also one that God wants more than anything else for us to take on. He will grant all of the grace, wisdom, and strength that any of us need to do it. In order to do this we need to seek to live in the center of God’s righteousness, and we need to be open to the opportunities that will come to us as we go about the business of life. There are people all around us who want to be touched by the grace of God, and we are all involved in organizations, institutions, and aspects of our society that can be moved toward redemption by our influence. Put simply, there is a world waiting today for you to reveal Christ to it.