Advent, Is Your Welcome Mat Ready?

How’s advent going for you? Do you have an advent calendar or something that you use to count down to Christmas? I’m sat writing this in my living room, looking at a lovely nativity count down, which still reads 24 days until Christmas, and I’ve just lit my count down candle for the first time. Everything can just take over in December can’t it. I’ve recently got a new door mat for the entrance of my house. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but I love it, (It’s bright green and animal print, if you wanted to know). But it got me thinking, most of us have some sort of door mat down. Some people love to change them for the seasons, do you have a Christmassy one? Lots of people have ones that say welcome, come in or hello.

Welcoming people into your home has been happening forever. In times gone and in different cultures it has and does look different. Are you the kind of household, who love it when people drop round unexpectantly or do you go into panic mode of how messy everywhere is? We always try and welcome people well. We don’t ignore guests, we don’t rebuff their hugs, or say go away I can’t be dealing with you now. When guests arrive in our homes, we try and make them as comfortable as possible, we want them to feel known, we talk, and we listen. We share our homes, our food, we go out of our way to make them feel at home.

It makes me think about the visit if Jesus to the home of Mary and Martha. 
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42

Would you be more like Mary or Martha if Jesus was to visit your home today? Would you sit at the LORDS feet and just be with Him? Or would you run around trying to make His visit the best, making yummy food, making sure the bathrooms clean and that you have all the best china out the cupboard. When we have invited Jesus into our hearts, He gives us gifts, He is accepting of us and showers us with His love. He is already at home within us.

Advent is a great time that we can put out the welcome mat of our hearts, to Jesus. We prepare our hearts and minds as we remember His arrival.  We need to be more Mary this advent and less Martha. Let’s fling wide the doors of our hearts, no matter what state they may be in, because the King is in residence within them and He wants to spend time with us.

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