Christmas season is a blessing. Sure, there’s plenty to complain about–the traffic, the money, the cold, but what does any of that matter when we have the love of Christ? In the long run, a bad day compares nothing to the life that we receive in Christ.
Christ was born among the animals. He lived as a poor man. He came to earth only so that he could die at a young age for people who may or may not accept his testimony. And, yet, Jesus was without sin, and he didn’t have a complaint to say about how he was living.
In Romans, Paul writes about a group of people who knew God, but they never glorified him or gave thanks to him, so God let them give their hearts away, completely, to the things they truly loved on this earth. And those things did not lead them to a warm holiday meal accompanied by the cozy internal feeling of peace, humbleness and joy. Here is how Paul writes it:
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.
Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator–who is forever praised. Amen. (Romans 1:21-25)
The passage isn’t meant to scare us. It’s meant to spotlight the importance of contentment. It’s meant to show how important the peace of God is in our lives. Lust, anger and greed has no peace to offer, nor do they have much honor to give. They, rather, make us feel shaky, depraved and jealous.
Do not worry and do nothing out of anxiety this holiday season. Jesus can tell the ocean to stop producing waves with the snap of his fingers, and the ocean will obey.
Be blessed this Christmas, and let’s use the blessings of Christ to our advantage. When we feel the urges of sin weighing on our hearts, set out the candle of thanksgiving, and praise the Father for his truth. When we feel like complaining, worrying or getting angry for any reason, put up the wreath of prayer and stay in the branches of the true love giver until all of the worry flees from our minds.
Time is best lived when we get to share the love, generosity and life of Jesus Christ with others. And it’s a miracle that God has made him and his characteristics available for us to grab. Have a truly Merry Christmas. Find real peace, find glory through Christ and live guilt free. Accept the gift of a better future today by making the God of all, Jesus Christ, the God of your life. Amen.