Monday, December 3, 2012

it's beginning to look like Christmas


Christmas should be a lifestyle for Christians and not just an annual event.  Do you get that?  I love the special time of the year and all that goes with it.  The decorations, the gifts, the get-togethers, the food and all of it seems to electrify the air.  The music and TV shows are almost radiating the sweetness of the season.

Walk into almost any house and you will find gifts.  They come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, from inexpensive to very expensive.  They are for giving and for receiving.  In fact I love to see my kids open gifts.  The look on another person’s face is so awesome when they get something they are excited about of shocked by.

Acts 20:35
 NASB
In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

Some of you love to give.  A few years ago we introduced to our church family ARK’s (Acts of Random Kindness), and many of you are keeping that up.  You share with others the blessings that God gives you.  Keep on. 

We have to be careful.  Often and far too often we focus on what we are going to get rather than what we are going to give.  President Kennedy said, “Don’t ask what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country.”  Maybe Mr. Kennedy knew something about the coming generation that we see so prevalent.  This is a selfishness.  This is a day of entitlement, but that is not what God has taught us to do or to be about.

We serve a God who is giving.  Can you imagine the gifts that our God has given?

Luke 11:13
  NASB
If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

God loves to give.  His gifts are the best gifts of all, but we over look that for the things that are temporary or things that just don’t last.  We are never more like God than when we are giving.  Christmas is a time for giving.  Will be known as a giver or as a taker?  Jesus changed things and still is.

Isaiah 9:6
  KJV
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.


In the announcement of Jesus’ birth to Mary and Joseph we learn who Jesus is.  He is the Messiah who has been talked about for a long time and expected to arrive.  He is the counselor, the prince of peace, the king, Son of God, Jesus and savior of people from their sin.

Jesus is the gift of Christmas.  He is greatest gift we will ever open and accept and intentionally make part of our lives.  Making Jesus part of our lives means that God is with us.  He offers this.  We accept it.  That makes it reality.

Isaiah 7:14  NIV
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

Immanuel is ‘God with us’, and He is with us all the time.  There is no end to His life, or the life He intends for us and no even to His kingdom or His rule.  That is hard for us humans to understand.  It is hard for us to grasp because we can’t see things from God’s point of view.

I leave you with a big thought.  It is big for the Christmas season, and it should be a big part of the Christian’s life every day.  When we are good to other people, those who are good to us and the ones who aren’t good to us, that is when we prove that really are the children of God.

Luke 6:35  NIV
But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.

May our lives be transformed by God as we see His goodness and allow His goodness to be seen in our words and actions.  Christmas is meant for every day of our lives.  Like it out.  Begin now.  Christmas has means, and here is where it starts this week.
Christmas is every day for the Christian

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