I have always been the type to get absorbed in the Christmas functions and "must-do's." I break out the Christmas music in mid-September. I start buying presents in October. I get my tree out Thanksgiving week. Seeing Christmas lights is a must. Watching Elf, The Santa Claus, and cheesy Hallmark movies a thousand times with hot chocolate are very important to me. I could go on and on...sometimes I get too absorbed.
You ever feel that way? Like the Holidays just take your breath away from you?
Maybe that's the problem. Often, we never look up to see the simple things staring right in front of us. The Gospel is sitting on the shelf just begging to be picked up, yet we're too busy frantically running around the house in preparation for the holidays. Then when it comes, it's soon over and everything goes on sale in the stores the next day. We forget.
Charlie Brown once asked his best friend, Linus, what Christmas was really all about.
Linus didn't respond with commercialism. He didn't respond with the presents. He didn't say it was about the fancy decorations or the lights. In a soft voice full of love, Linus spoke the truth. He told of the Savior that was born to take away the sins of the world.
You see, Christmas just isn't about the bows, the ribbons, the tinsel. Even the Grinch decided it was something a little more.
Christmas is about that special day when a virgin espoused to a brave man, gave birth to Jesus Christ. A perfect humble babe born in a cold, dark stable, for there was no room in the inn for Him and His parents. What a wonderful picture. This child was God Himself, wrapped in swaddling strips of cloth, in the flesh. No one was there to greet Him but His mom, His earthly father, and a few shepherds, and some animals. He was mocked. He was crucified. But He was everything Isaiah prophesied he would be. The Everlasting Father. The Prince of Peace. Jesus was born as a babe in a manger, but He's coming back in all His glory.
Are you ready to meet the Savior, Jesus? I pray so.
If we believe in this Jesus, and we accept Him into our hearts, we will enjoy His kingdom forever. That's a mighty good Christmas gift.
So do you remember that question I asked you earlier? I'll ask it again. Before you open your presents on Christmas morning, will you open your gift first?
Jesus is knocking, friend. He's just waiting for you. He's waiting to have you as His daughter. As His son. Come in. I guarantee you will not want to take this gift of Salvation, mercy, tenderness, blessings back to the store. But we can still re-gift Him without having to get rid of Him! Think of the joy. Share the news with others as we talked about last week with some cool handouts.
God has given you a marvelous gift. You don't know what wonderful thing you'll have until you open it. So, are you willing to open it up?
My prayers and blessings are sent to you this 2018 Christmas.
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Hi there! I'm Katlyn Grace and welcome to the advice section. Here we get real. These blogposts are written from my heart to yours. And I pray that they encourage your heart and bring joy to your soul. I warmly invite you to join me on this journey with the Lord!