On who’s terms?

Regular religious columnist Jon Wyminga shares his thoughts

“If God is real, I want his cell phone number!”

Someone actually said that to me a couple of years ago.

What makes us think that we can come to God on our terms?

If we struck up a relationship with the Almighty, wouldn’t God have to come to us on God’s terms?  Could that really happen?

It sounds crazy, but many of us believe it’s true.  In fact we will celebrate God’s coming later next month.

Speaking about Jesus the Bible says, And the Word became flesh and lived among us (John 1:14).  It’s almost unbelievable, especially when you realize how the Bible says it happened.  God came as a fragile human baby whose human parents were so desperate they had to bed him down in an animal’s feeding trough because there was no other place for him (Luke 2:1-7).

If it seems ridiculous consider these words in the Bible,  God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, so that no one might boast in the presence of God (I Corinthians 1:27-29).

Over the next month many of us will fill our lives with activities and excessive expenses in order to make Christmas just right.

Others will be wracked with guilt because we can’t afford to.

Why not spend some time released from the craziness to consider how God has come.

Many churches set aside four whole weeks before Christmas to do just that.  It’s called the season of Advent and this year it begins on Sunday, Nov. 27.

It’s a time when we remember God’s advent; God’s coming in Jesus Christ.

Jon Wyminga is pastor of the Cariboo Presbyterian Church in Nazko.