Even though some people seem to live graced lives without little struggle, the truth is we all have struggles in life. Financial problems, health issues, emotions of fear and inadequacy, and even twists of fate are part of the human condition. The fact is that we are imperfect beings living in an imperfect world.
But there is the One that came into the world to fill the valleys and lower the mountains. He makes winding roads straight and rough roads smooth again. In fact, he makes new again that which was created at the beginning of time but then fell into disarray due to our sin. He is Jesus, and He not only makes all things new, He provides glimpses of perfection in our imperfect world.
With all that we have been given as gift, the greatest gift was the Incarnation, God made man. Through the birth of a baby, our reality was altered in this world forever, and a hope for life eternal with our God was possible. And now, we are called to spend our days as co-creators with God, cultivating all that has been given to us so the good work begun in us may drawn near to completion. Paul’s words to the Philippians is for all good stewards: “And this is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception, to discern what is of value, so that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.” We are imperfect beings in an imperfect world, but the One who makes all things perfect is doing great things in us.
Everyday Stewardship, Second Sunday of Advent 2015