Visions and Dreams

“ ’Twas the night before Christmas. . .” begins the holiday poem by Clement Clarke Moore that catapulted the story of Santa Claus and eight tiny reindeer into a modern holiday icon. In this verse, the family children are pictured as being all “snuggled in their beds while visions of sugar plums danced in their heads.”

But there is a different vision for us to grasp at this season when the Advent of Christ is cherished. Rather than the festive meals with delightful foods, and the anticipation of toys and trinkets by children who have to be shushed into bed several times Christmas Eve, for the Adventist Believer God’s Word presents another kind of vision for the days we live in.

Right now, we are on the threshold of the second-coming of Jesus Christ. Far better than any anticipated Christmas present a child or adult could imagine, will be the joy of seeing Jesus face-to-face, and being re-united with loved ones laid to rest until the resurrection at Christ’s appearance.

To prepare for that day, Joel 2:28-29 tells us that there will be visions and dreams in the lives of young and old, men and women.
“And it shall come to pass afterward
That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Your old men shall dream dreams,
Your young men shall see visions.
And also on My menservants and on My maidservants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days.” (Joel 2:28-29, NKJV)

God has a vision and a dream that He is ready to give you. Through the gift of the Holy Spirit God is inspiring young people with the mission of Jesus. In these last days, God is calling to the hearts of men and women to preach and proclaim the nearness of Christ’s return – the ultimate Gift of God after the birth of the Savior, His life and His death on the cross for all of humanity. Young and old, men and women, dreaming dreams for Christ and receiving visions of Spirit-led mission are given the invitation to share the Greatest Gift of eternity. Here in Joel, God pictures every member of His church as equally having a vital part of the great mission of Jesus to lead souls to the kingdom.

All across the Pennsylvania Conference, let us join together in this Christmas season, sharing the vision of a soon-coming Savior with our corner of the world. This December doesn’t need to be about the mad holiday round of activities or the taxing gift list for numerous friends and relatives. Instead, let’s have a vision for what we can give that has eternal value. Let us invite the Holy Spirit to flow through each one of us in the unique way that God desires to shine His light through us.

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