Advent is a reminder of the longing for Messiah the first time. Advent is also a reminder to stir up longing in our hearts for him to come again.
This morning the song in my heart was an old gospel song.
Oh, I want to see Him, look upon His face,
There to sing forever of His saving grace;
On the streets of glory let me lift my voice,
Cares all past, home at last, ever to rejoice.
And this passage from Titus I truly love:
11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. (Titus 2:11-14, NIV)
I have power for THIS life. Power to refuse sin. Power to walk in godliness. And as I walk in this power I need a longing to love his return.