Advent 2021: Thursday, December 2

December 2, 2021

“But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one” (Matt 5:37).

Have you ever dropped the ball? Promised something to someone and then just absentmindedly or very deliberately failed to follow through? If you answered “No” to this question you are a better person than I. Now for the rest of us normal fallen knuckleheads, if you were to give answer to the question “Why did you drop the ball?” you might run down a list of excuses that would give account for your shortcoming or hide the motivations behind your transgression. But make no mistake, your actions did not match your words. 

Perhaps one of the great challenges in life for every human and especially for the Christian is to have the confessions of our mouth line up with way we conduct ourselves every day. So, this Christmas, consider that one of the greatest gifts you can give to your family, friends and to the world at large is to let your “Yes” be “Yes” and your “No”, “No.” And you just might be surprised to find that in so doing you will be giving yourself quite a gift as well; namely freedom. For as Jesus said, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31b-32).

Rob Schmidt, pastor