Through the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping, cooking, and decorating, it’s easy to lose sight of the Christian meaning of Christmas. Christ is coming! And so we must prepare our hearts and minds for Him.
It’s Christmas Eve, but it is never too late in the game to open our hearts to what God is calling us to. Advent is the season of waiting, but it is important that we aren’t just passively waiting for Jesus’ coming! Go out there and –
Listen to God
Take His teachings in with open arms
As Christmas arrives, look past the decor and presents to FOCUS on the Son of God who is FINALLY HERE!
Here is an excerpt from Sharon James, “1 Corinthians 13 Christmas Style”
If I decorate my house perfectly with lovely plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights, and shiny glass balls, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another decorator.
If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals, and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another cook.
If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home, and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.
If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties, and sing in the choir’s cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.
By Sharon James
If Jesus was not born of the Virgin Mary and sent to redeem mankind, then He is just regular ol’ Joe. We have roles given by God, find yours and follow it 😉
Especially during this Christmas season, don’t get “wrapped” (pun intended hahaha!) up in the superficial meaning of Christmas.
We need to remember the essential message of Christmas, which is Immanuel—God is with us. And for the hurting person, the lonely person, the sorrowing person, this is the time of year to bring the gift of encouragement to them and say, “The message of Christmas is: God will be with you. God will help you. God will strengthen you.”
So look for opportunities to share the love of God during this season, because it is a time when we seem to be more open to engaging in conversation with others. Now is a great opportunity for you to bring encouragement to someone who is struggling. Who needs your encouragement today?