Friday, December 6, 2013

Celebrating Christmas And Life

We, as believers, should not celebrate Christmas the way the world celebrates it in a frenzied way trying get lots of stuff and do lots of stuff.  We need to celebrate it remembering why we celebrate it and who we are celebrating.

It is so easy for us to look like the world.  We worry about gas prices.  We worry about food prices.  We worry about our health care.  We speak against our leaders.  We act like we don't have a God in heaven that tells us "Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?  Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? ...For your heavenly Father knows that ye have need of all these things." Matthew 7:30-32

God commands that we not grumble and complain.  We are to trust Him completely in everything.  If gas, food, and health care prices rise, He will provide.  If our leaders continue to become more against the things of God, He will take care of us. {Although Michael Pearl believes believers should always keep their passports up to date in case we have to flee...Take Nazi Germany for instance.  We must be wise!}

We shouldn't look and act like the world.  Christmas should be a simple, happy time of celebrating the birth of our precious Savior and celebrating the life that He gave us, a new life!  We need to be spend more time speaking about Him than we do about presents, the economy, and other things that concern unbelievers.

We have a hope and a future.  This isn't our home.  We are foreigners and aliens who are called to be salt and light in a dark and decaying world.  Use this precious season to shine brightly the light of Christ in the darkness.  When you hear Christmas songs singing about Christ playing in the stores, sing them out loud!  On your Christmas cards, make sure you share the true meaning of Christmas.  Make cookies for your neighbors and put Bible verses with them.  Tip people generously.  Love others.  Show them Jesus, the true reason for the season.

O that men would praise the Lord for His goodness
and for His wonderful works to the children of men.
Psalm 107:8