Perhaps the most celebrated day of the year in all the world is Christmas. Whether people want to admit it, the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ has changed the course of history. History has become “His story.” It is after all Christmas, not “Santamas” or “Frostmas” or “Giftsmas” and definitely not “Shoppingmas!”
The commercialization and crazy schedules can certainly cheat us out of the joy God desires for us to have during the Christmas season. We eagerly anticipate the big day, we just want it to get here, and when it does, we’re so thrilled! The look on our loved ones faces as they open the cards and gifts, the memories made on this special day, the hugs and kisses that go around- all these and more make all the stress worth it! But what happens after that’s all done?
For many families, it’s almost like a switch goes off and everything is to resume as normal. Mom puts the Christmas china away. Dad picks up the shredded gift wrappers and puts together the toys. The children retreat to their play areas to enjoy their gifts. The dog is confused. And before long, there won’t be much evidence that Christmas even happened!
Is that it? All the hustle and bustle and for what? A few joyful and memory-filled hours? It doesn’t seem to fit. It certainly bears no resemblance to the effect of the first Christmas. After all, didn’t the birth of Jesus change everything- forever?
Everyone who came to see and worship the baby Jesus had their lives changed forever! Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, the wise men- their lives were transformed as they met the Saviour of the world! Why can’t this Christmas transform our lives, too?
In the past few weeks, my wife and I have determined to make Christmas an enjoyable and life-changing time for our family. We didn’t want to join the crowds that would say, “I’m glad that’s over!” If it were up to us, Christmas would be everyday. Is it possible? I believe so and here’s how.
Make Choices That Carry On The Meaning Of Christmas
Last Friday night, we had a birthday party for Jesus. We taught Anabelle Whose birthday it really is and that Jesus should receive gifts first. Gifts don’t necessarily equate to something we spent money on but it ought to be something with which we spend some time and energy.
I love what David said when he was offered the threshing floor of Ornan for free, “I will not take that which is thine for the LORD, nor burnt offering without cost.” Our gifts to Christ, in the form of our choices, should cost us something.
Isn’t Christmas all about giving? How about give some time to the senior saints of your church and help them with some house or yard work? How about going through your child’s closet and giving away those clothes and toys they no longer need? Why not make a meal and take it to someone less fortunate? And don’t just do it right after Christmas but set a time each month to give to and serve others, outside of what we regularly do for Christ.
Make Known To All What Christ Has Done For You
You can’t talk about Christmas without talking about those whose lives were changed by Baby Jesus. Are you one of them? If Christ has changed your life because your death sentence has turned into eternal life, you have the God-given duty to go and tell it on the mountain! The angels, the shepherds, the wise men, Simeon, Anna, Joseph, Mary, and the many others spoken of in the Gospels didn’t keep silent.
It is a tragedy when we who have the greatest news in the Gospel fail to share with others. Christ came to seek and to save that which was lost. God is not willing for anyone to perish. We are ambassadors for Christ and we’ve been given the ministry of reconciling fallen man to a saving God!
Yes, it’s easier to share Christ during the Christmas season because people have an easy point of reference as they see manger scenes around. But friend, the Gift of eternal life should be shared everyday and at every possible moment. And when we do, Christmas continues for all of us.