I WAS THINKING:
If you are like me (and many aren’t) Christmas brings a bag of mixed emotions. We know it is supposed to be all about Jesus Christ our Lord, Savior, and wonderful Shepherd, but we can get caught up in all the commercialism and consumerism.
It is so hard, right? We need to buy gifts for all of our loved ones and each year that seems to grow. We panic if we hear about someone giving us a gift and we didn’t give them one! We need to have a real tree this year not the 15 year old fake tree, for some reason. We need to get the house all decorated and especially hang the outside lights, so neighbors don’t think we like Christmas or worse yet Jesus.
Christmas, let’s be honest, can sometimes turn into the biggest hassle and time of complaining of the whole year. We get like the little boy asked to pray at the Pastor’s house the evening they had invited first time guest to the church out for fellowship and food. He prayed thank you God for this food and the hands that prepared it, and remind us again why we invited these people over on a Friday! Obviously, this was said during the day sometime and he picked up on it.
So a word to the Scrooges (to me first) get over yourself. (hey, not very Christmassy). I know, but the Lord has called us to be servants and to put others first, why is it Christmas can bring out the worst servants ever when it is the time of the year we Celebrate the Greatest Servant of all time. He came to serve and not be served; He came to die for the sins of those who would believe. He came to give all Believers a personal relationship with Him, God Incarnate
I know if you want to break out of your/our/my “scrooginess” think of your life without Christ your Great High Priest who is your Shepherd and Redeemer. The One who took your/my place on the cross suffering the wrath of God meant for you and me and not for the One who knew no sin!
Would we want to live life one second without Him in us through the Holy Spirit? Of course not, let’s get over the “scroogy” stuff this year and seek to be like Christ and serve, especially our love ones and all those around us. Let’s make sure that we are not the killjoy of Christmas for others. It may be hard at times but my dear friends, Jesus will help us. Let’s resolve to “Glorify the Lord this Christmas” regardless of materialism and consumerism.
The truth is:
HIS CRADLE, CROSS AND TOMB ARE ALL EMPTY – HE IS ALIVE AND ABLE TO SAVE TO THE UTMOST THOSE WHO WILL REPENT AND BELIEVE!