Worship Fully this Christmas

By Erin Bird

This week, we conclude our Advent Conspiracy series, looking at the final tenet of “Worship Fully.” And to help us contemplate how to do just that, here is the blog post from the Advent Conspiracy team:

For many of us, the time of year when focusing on Christ should be the easiest is often the hardest. Our calendars are full of activities, the to-do lists are getting longer, the stores are getting busier, and an overwhelming stress has crept into our hearts. And it doesn’t help that this time around we are facing a pandemic.

So how do we get back to the heart of the Christmas narrative?

For starters, worship. Each year, Advent brings an opportunity to worship the miracle of the Incarnation when God revealed himself to people in a new way. If you read the Christmas narrative, nearly every character who encountered the infant King had the same response: worship.

Excitement, anticipation, hope—each of these emotions swell around the object of our dearest affection. The reality is that we spend our time and energy on what matters most to us. Notice what you’re spending your time and energy on. Is it drawing you closer to God or is it distracting you from something else?

Here’s a tough question: Does the way we spend our time, money, and energy testify that we worship God incarnate? Sit with that today. Ask God to open your eyes and heart to the truth.

Some activities to help you Worship Fully:

  • Make the most of the last week of Advent by reading some Advent Devotionals or Advent Liturgies.
  • Call a friend  and see how they’re doing. Listen well.
  • Have your kids read the Christmas story while setting up the nativity or before opening presents.
  • For one night, unplug from all technology and social media. In a world full of noise, be intentional about quiet time.
  • Turn the radio off in the car and spend 10 minutes thanking God for the ways He has blessed you.
  • Listen to the Advent Conspiracy playlist on Spotify. Let the lyrics settle into your heart.