How will you celebrate Christmas?
The Christmas season is well underway. Lights are filling the yards of our neighbors, and Christmas music in stores and on the radio and numerous Christmas list that our children have written and rewritten. This is such a great time of year where we come together with family and friends and celebrate the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
As we come together with our families and with our friends may our conversations and actions reflect that of the true spirit of Christmas. I want to suggest three ways we can do this.
First, is through giving. Giving marked Jesus’ life. Even in the beginning, Jesus gave up His rights by to come to this earth to dwell among us (Phil 2:3 5, Isa. 7:14). Let us embody this same spirit this Christmas. Prayerfully consider how you can meet a need this Christmas. Find a needy family or a neighbor and meet their needs. This could be as simple as a meal, or even a truckload of groceries.
Secondly, there is another way to embody the spirit of Christmas is by being humble. The whole Christmas story was a very lowly event. God in flesh broke into time and space with a very simple and unimpressive entrance. In the gospel of Luke 2:12, it states that Jesus would be in a manger wrapped in cloths. The King of Kings and the Lord of Lord would lay in a feeding trough, what a very humble beginning. The nature of this entrance should speak volumes to us about humility. My we display a humble spirit this Christmas looking for ways to serve others, rather than being served.
Along with those excellent ways to display a godly Christmas spirit, thirdly, we can praise God during this time. Christmas is a time of great praise for what Jesus has accomplished for sinners like us. Praise and worship have always been a great part of the Christmas story. Here are three great examples. When the Angelic host came to the shepherds in the field and pronounce to them the great news of Jesus Christ’s birth they praised God saying, “Glory to God in the Highest.” When Mary learned of how she would be the mother of baby Jesus privileged to carry the long-awaited Messiah of Israel, she states, “ My soul exalts the Lord, and My spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.” When the Magi visited Jesus they brought to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. This was an act of worship and honor that was due to a true King. Let us, in like manner, praise Jesus for all He has done for us this Christmas.
I hope your Christmas is filled with the true spirit of Christmas whether its through giving, humility or praise.