Christmas means many things to many people. As for me, I just wanted to take a few minutes this morning to share with you my own thoughts. So, here you go. (Each major word is a link. Feel free to click away for more reading.) Christmas is:
- Wonderful… Bottom line? Christmas was meant to be enjoyed. It’s a time to remember the wonder of a God who loves us beyond measure.
- Humility… The King of Glory was birthed amongst the humbled surroundings of a stable. When the time came for His appearance He chose not the glorious edifices of human wisdom but rather he opted for the OT equivalent of a barnyard. We need to remember the importance of humility during the holiday season. Christ was birthed in humility. His people should certainly walk it in.
- Giving… It’s easy to spend money. It’s easy to hand someone a tangible, physical present. But let me challenge each of us to follow the example of our heavenly Father this year. Give gifts that really mean something to the people you care about in your life. Give your love. Give your time. Give your life. Follow God’s example and give yourself.
- Family… Prioritize family this holiday season. Spend meaningful time together. Make unforgettable memories. Love together. Laugh together. Live together. Be a family.
- Suddenly… Christmas should remind all of us that God loves to surprise His children. When we least expect it He will suddenly show up. If it seems like you have been waiting forever, don’t lose heart. Remember that first Christmas. Remember the angel. And remember that God has a suddenly waiting for you.
- Pregnant… Before God births anything in your life there will first be that season of conception and pregnancy. Being pregnant is never easy. But take it from Mary. In the end it will all be worth it. Christmas should remind us all that the seeds that God has planted will in the fullness of time bring forth the blessing.
- Guidance… If you find yourself in a season where you need some guidance, turn to the Bible. God’s Word will never fail you. And just like that star it will guide you right to where you need to be at just the right time.
- Opportunity… All around us are people who are longing for a little help and looking for a little love. Too often the Church can lose focus during the holiday season. Don’t let all the bright lights blind you to the hurting people. Open your eyes. Open your heart. Make the most of this season of opportunity.
- Rejoicing… At all times and in every season our God is worthy of all our praise. Make it a point this holiday season. Join the angelic host. Lift your voice. Sing out loud. Make time this Christmas to rejoice in the joyous gift of God.
- Pondering… Slow down this holiday season. Don’t let yourself get so busy with presents and parties that you have no time left to ponder. Be intentional and make time to simply reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. Get alone with God. Spend time in prayer. Spend time in His Word. Rediscover the treasure that is the Savior.
- Proclamation… We espouse our political views. We fanatically represent our favorite sports teams. But when it comes to Jesus we have become increasingly silent in the public arena. Tragic. If Jesus truly is the reason for the season, then we His people should be much more emboldened in our declaration. On that first Christmas the shepherds couldn’t hold in it. On this Christmas we shouldn’t.
- Worship… Ultimately, Christmas is about the Christ. But amidst all of the decorations, gifts, and parties it is easy to lose sight of Him. So whether it’ your local house of worship or the quietness of your own heart, take a page from the Magi manual, and make time this Christmas to worship the Savior.
- Immanuel… God wanted to be with us so much that He was willing to die for us. Now that’s love!!! Remember that truth the next time you feel alone and forgotten. No matter the situation or storm God is still right there with you. At all times and in every trouble He remains Immanuel. He is God with us.
- Peace… In time that Christmas morning would give way to the Cross. The price for my sin would be paid. Fellowship with the Father would be restored. Remember that precious truth this Christmas season. Now, because of Jesus you and I can live at peace with God.
- Expectancy… God did not disappoint. Jesus would far exceed our every expectation. The present was worth the wait. Remember this Christmas season that God never forgets His promises or fails to fulfill His Word. Take heart. His promise is worth the wait. He will not fail you. Your expectancy will not be disappointed.
- Surrender… Mary willingly agrees. “…may it be done to me according to your word.” No hesitation. No reservation. Just surrender to the will of God. I find that extremely challenging. This Christmas I am praying for a renewed spirit of humility, submission, and the willingness to serve. Lord, grant me the same spirit that moved Mary to surrender. May it be unto me according to your Word, according to Your will. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Well, there you go. Hope it’s a blessing. Thank you for the kind and gracious support these past 4 years. Hard to believe it’s been that long. I pray that our Father will bless you mightly this season. Take care. God bless you. and, of course, Merry Christmas!!!