“How is the heart prepared to receive Christ for who he really is? It is very simple.
First, the heart must become disenchanted with the praise of men. “How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from God?” (John 5:44; 7:17-18).
Second, the heart must become disenchanted with the sufficiency of money and things to satisfy the soul. “The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things, and they ridiculed him” (Luke 16:14).
Then, third, alongside this disenchantment with the praise of men and the power of money, there must come into the heart a longing for consolation and a redemption beyond what the world can give.
Fourth and finally, there must be a revelation from God the Father, opening the eyes of the heart so that it cries out, like a man who stumbles onto an incredible treasure, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God, the consolation of my past, the redemption of my future. Now I see You. Now I receive you - for who you really are.”
May God do this for you this Advent. May this be your gift, and your witness, and the testimony of many this Advent.”
Source: The Dawning of Indestructible Joy - John Piper (Dec 2; pg. 17-18).
When we freely offer God our talents, hopes, acts of kindness, and even past failures, we show our faith to him. Then we can ask for what we need to perform the tasks necessary to fulfill our dreams or the work God has already given us.
Source: The 365 Most Important Bible Passages for Women - FaithWords (p. 369)