Tis the Season
The malls are busy, traffic is hectic, people are crazy, and there's only one valid explanation.
Somewhere along the way, we as a collective bought into the commercialism that society sells about Christmas. We've forgotten what it really means and how we are supposed to respond to this season.
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.—Luke 2:14
That verse is in response to one of the most significant events to have ever occurred in the history of humanity—the birth of Jesus Christ. Guess what? Some won't and don't believe like I do, and that's their choice. That won't make me doubt that the real Spirit of Christmas can reach us all.
What does this mean?
There was an old, devout, man of faith named Simeon back in Jesus' time who proclaimed,
For mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of all people; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of Thy people Israel.—Luke 2:30-32
Because of his relationship with the Lord, it was revealed to him the identity of that blessed Baby. The Lord showed him that salvation wasn't just for the Jews but for everyone. In a fallen world we need the true meaning of Christmas and the understanding of why love is the greatest gift and where it originates.
With the passage of time and increased maturity, our excitement regarding Christmas may change. But our reason for celebrating grows deeper and more meaningful as our focus shifts from gifts to Christ. Now the tree reminds us of the tree Jesus died on to pay for our sins. The lights testify that He is the Light of the World, and the gifts are a mere shadow of the greatest gift ever given–Jesus Christ.—Charles Stanley
This season, let's choose to respond in unconditional love and forgiveness. Let's extend a helping hand, even if we don't feel we have anything left to give. Embrace someone, Minister to a stranger. Choose to radiate with the light and life that only comes from intimacy with Christ.
Don't stop at Christmas though! Live like this continually!