Standing and Watching in Advent

"There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars... But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand." Luke 21:25-28, 34-36

There is so much going on in the world today. Some would say we are at the thick of the end times. What does it mean to "stand" and to "watch?

The word "stand" appears more than 600 times in the Bible and holds a multitude of meanings.

Standing is some kind of liberation, as we see from the verse when Jesus heals a crooked man. He couldn't "straighten up".

Standing was done also as a form of prayer and worship.

To stand means being worthy to face someone in authority. We know that God will meet us face to face on judgement day. Who can stand before Him?

The drawings i did above speak of our role as Christians in today's increasingly secular world. The values we uphold are not embraced by many. We need to stand against the tide of relativism as well. Nothing is right or wrong, everything is relative.

To stand is to survive a battle like in "last man standing". We need to be vigilant in Kingdom values despite not having the popular opinion.

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Calej lives in Japan with her husband. She designs and doodles for a living.


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