We are heading to a few retail stores today, something that brings a bit of uneasiness to me. It is Christmas time, even though it hasn’t felt like it, which means we will probably see people living in the “Christmas Spirit.” Nothing says Christmas more than yelling at your children and pushing people around. It is all for the cause, or so they say.
Retailers have been pushing their Christmas sales for weeks and people have been spending money like they are running out. I think that is because they are running out, but maybe that is just me. This is a season of preparation and there seems to be no shortage of things to prepare for.
What are we preparing for? I think ultimately the answer is supposed to be Jesus Christ, right? Yet over the years more and more emphasis has been placed on gifts and making people ‘happy’ with the item you bought them with your credit card because you couldn’t actually afford it.
I am all for preparing for things, and Christmas is truly a wonderful time of year. I do often wonder, as I take in all the chaos, what would happen if we spent as much time considering how we prepare our hearts for the Lord? I know to some of you that sounds like a silly idea, but bear with me. What if we thought about how we treated Jesus Christ all year? What if the amount of thought that goes into Christmas morning was also applied to living a Christ honoring life?
On the day Jesus Christ was born they brought Him gifts. Today the call for us is not to bring him anything except our lives. That is all we have to offer anyway, and it is so small compared to what was given to us in Christ.
Christmas reminds us that God was not content with leaving us in our sin. He came and offered us new life through Jesus Christ. We have less than a week until Christmas. It might be time to slow down and spend some time with the Lord. With a prepared heart the celebration next week with carols and candles will be that much more meaningful, and perhaps will set the tone for the new year.
Hail the heav’nly Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings,
Ris’n with healing in His wings.
Mild He lays His glory by,
Born that man no more may die.
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth. –
Charles Wesley – Hark the Herald Angels Sing