“He will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.” The angel said to him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time.”
Good news. It’s not a phrase we hear nearly enough and when we hear it, much like Zechariah, we often fail to recognise it or identify it for what it is. We are instead looking for the next mishap or the next piece of bad news. As we prepare to share THE Good News this advent, we must fully believe in the Good News of Jesus’ coming and then, and only then, will God give us the voices we need to share it. Advent is an amazing opportunity to share the Gospel, God uses ordinary people for extraordinary purposes in this season – if only we have full trust and faith in Him. Don’t find yourself silenced by a half faith this Christmas.