jay's Corner

December 2019

Celebrate Christmas!

Nowhere in scripture are we commanded to formally celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ into this world. I hope you choose to, because personally I think it’s a great opportunity to focus on Jesus, His mission, and our part in spreading the gospel today, including works which show our living faith and show others the Savior they need. We should take advantage of Christmas as a pointed lesson about the love of God and His open door of salvation for all. So how do we keep the world’s misun-derstandings of Christmas from seeping into our thinking? Or avoid hating the season because we feel pressured and harassed throughout?

First, remember what it’s about- Jesus’ birth (Galatians 4:4, 5). God sending His Son to die for us (John 3:16, 17). The peace that should dwell in our hearts (Luke 2:14). Our assignment to take the message to others even as Jesus brought the message from heaven (Luke 19:10; 24:46, 47). Step outside of the Biblical message of Christmas, and really it ain’t. Christmas, that is.

Second, don’t let things overwhelm you- How many things do we commit to that really won’t en-hance or uplift us in a positive way? Or how many good, worthwhile things do we take on, overload-ing ourselves to the point that we feel stressed? There are 24 hours in a day, no more and no less. Pray for and exercise wisdom in the way you use them. Maximize effect, not amount.

Third, take time every day to breathe, relax, and worship- Every believer needs to keep centered on the relationship they are living with God. Relationship is about connection. Staying connected and growing in familiarity are the basics of a good one. Make yourself step aside, if only for a few minutes, and pray. Remind yourself of the ministry of peace Christ has in your life (Philippians 4:6, 7).

And finally, ENJOY! There are enough real-life Scrooges and Grinches in the world- Christians don’t need to add to their number. Let folks see that Christ makes a difference- a positive one- in your life.

And one final thought- if you just can’t enjoy, ask yourself what’s wrong…not with the season, not with other people, but with YOU. Is there something you need to get right with God?