Advent Devotional for Saturday, December 22, 2018

Christmas Character: Buddy the Elf from the movie Elf

Suggested viewing: The 2003 movie Elf, starring Will Farrell

It’s not Christmas at our house until we watch the 2003 movie Elf, starring Will Farrell as Buddy. Buddy is not like the other elves. In fact, he’s not an elf at all, but a human who was raised by the elves at the North Pole. Here’s what I love about Buddy the Elf: he’s filled with joy!

Joy is a state of being in heartfelt excitement. No matter the circumstances, those who are filled with joy are joyous. When the Wise Men were traveling to see the newborn Jesus, they too were filled with joy. After being dismissed from Herod, and as they began their final journey to Bethlehem, Matthew records this: “When they saw the star they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy” (Matthew 2:10). They were filled with such excitement at the response of seeing the King of the Jews. As followers of Jesus in this season that celebrates His birth, let us too be filled with joy. May we be filled with a heartfelt excitement for King Jesus and all that He has done for us. As we are filled with joy, it leads us to praise our Savior.

The Wise Men, upon arriving at the home where Jesus was staying, worshipped Him and brought Him gifts. In this season of Advent, like the Wise Men, be filled with joy at the thought of being with Jesus. Enter into His presence, worship Him, praise His great name, bring Him gifts and offerings, give Him glory. Rejoice in the Lord in all ways. Be filled with the joy of His goodness and grace.

An Anonymous FBC youth