Produce fruit that shows you have changed your hearts and lives. And don’t even think about saying to yourselves, Abraham is our father. I tell you that God is able to raise up Abraham’s children from these stones.
Have you every done something very wrong and been grounded, or received some other strong consequence? In the time of John the Baptist and Jesus, so many of God’s people were doing wrong. They had become very selfish and unjust in their treatment of others. They needed strong consequences for what they did.
God used John’s preaching as a way to have the people be warned what would happen if they did not change their whole way of thinking and acting. That’s what repentance means. Rather than being grounded and told to “go to your room,” these crowds were “watered” by going down into the Jordan River and being baptized by John. In this way, when they went back up onto dry ground, they were new people, ready to do what God wants.
Place yourself among the crowds that were baptized by John. Listen to the sample of John’s preaching in today’s reading and see if there is anything you are doing that might be like the wrong actions of those in the crowds. If you find something, then turn away from it and turn toward God who calls you to love God all the days of your life.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Fruits worthy of repentance v. 8
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.
This is the Third Week in Advent
Winter in the north. Year C
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary
Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…