“Okay.” I pointed to each of my kids in turn. “You do the downstairs bathroom, you do the upstairs, you vacuum, I’ll do the kitchen.”
“Why?” my daughter asked. “Who’s coming?”
Ouch. If you haven’t guessed, I’m not the world’s best housekeeper. But when guests come, I want everything clean and orderly and welcoming.
Can you imagine if the person you admired most was coming to your house? You’d want every bit of grime removed, every stack of papers filed away, and a table setting worthy of HGTV.
When John the Baptist announced that the long-awaited Messiah was coming, the people cried out, “‘What should we do then?’” (Luke 3:10). John didn’t tell them to scrub toilets and polish silver—he knew the Lord was concerned with the state of their hearts, not their homes.
John instructed them to give up their sinful ways—lying and selfishness and greed—and to be cleansed by baptism, representing a changed life and a renewed heart.
One of my favorite Christmas carols, “Joy to the World,” says, “Let every heart prepare him room.” During this Advent season, as we decorate our homes, let’s also prepare our hearts for the arrival of the King of kings and Lord of lords. “Joy to the world! The Lord is come!”