In a time of the year that is filled with consumerism, we tend to forget the true meaning of this season while finding that perfect gift for our loved ones. Here’s the ironic part: While searching for that perfect gift, we have missed that perfect gift God gave us!
The Promised Savior Came…
You have to think, it looked hopeless for Israel before the birth of Christ. Where was this promised savior that the Jews longed for? It had been 400 years of complete silence. Well, the good news finally came. Although, he did not come on the Jews timing, he still came, and it was on God’s perfect timing. The savior of the world came to save us from something that we could not save ourselves from. He came to set us free from our sins.
The Turning Point For Me…
This year, my relationship with God has grown much more intimate. It is so easy to be apart of the church for the majority of your life but never actually know Christ. This was me! This time around it is personal! When you accept Christ and his Holy Spirit, your life changes. I wish that life would get easier, but this is not the case for most believers. However, Christ does give you his Holy Spirit to guide you. Here’s what Christ has given me, and although they are not materialistic trinkets, they are some of the best gifts I could of ask for. I know without a doubt they come from the savior:
Joy- I once read a quote that said, “As there is the most heat nearest to the sun, so there is the most happiness nearest to Christ” The Holy Spirit indwells in all who trust Christ, and it brings great joy. Even though the trials on this earth have come and will continue to come, the believer knows where their eternal dwelling place is. The Kingdom of God slowly becomes more and more visible. This brings a supernatural joy that is unexplainable for the common man.
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.- Luke 2:10
Purpose– We all get tied up in the monotony of life. We go to work, come back home and do it all over again for the majority of our lives. Although any vocation we partake in is a significant part of our lives, this is not the sole purpose of a believer’s life. We are called to make disciples. This summer, I was blessed with the opportunity to take my first mission trip to an under-privileged Islamic country in Eastern Europe, and I have become more actively involved in what my church is doing in the community. Life just feels more complete when you begin to serve. Christian means “little Christ”, and Jesus came not to be served but to serve. And he calls his followers into this way of life as well. Yes, I still have my dull days, but I get to press on towards the prize (Philippians 3:14). God calls us to make disciples, and if we are not, we are missing out on an unimaginable journey God wants to take us on.
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”- Matthew 4:19
Understanding- It is amazing how much understanding Christ will give if we just simply ask. It is easy to give up when you look at what is going on in this world, but as I continue to dive deeper and deeper into the word of God, it gives me a strong sense of peace and understanding. We have to understand that we are human and God is God! He is in control of everything, and there is a day when all sin will be eradicated forever. But while we are in the midst of this world fractured by sin, Jesus has given us his Holy Spirit, and he will continue to teach us and provide us with more and more discernment, wisdom and understanding.
He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.- Luke 24:44-48
The Second Christmas Is Coming…
Christmas gifts are awesome, and I am hoping I get some good ones this year. But during this season, we should strongly reflect on what Jesus has done. Let’s not get caught on what the world wants Christmas to be, let’s be immersed on what God intended Christmas to be. Let’s be reminded on the goodness of our King and of his second coming. Just as Israel was patiently waiting on his first coming, we are sitting here waiting on his second coming. But as we read in the Gospels, he came. And we should be anticipating this second coming and reflecting on that day. Christmas is not just about God entering the world as a baby, but it is also about his second coming. The first time he came as a servant, the second time he will come as a king!
If you are reading this post and have not accepted Christ as your savior or do not know what the true meaning of Christmas is, I would hope that you would accept him into your heart and seek to learn more what this season is about. Also, please feel free to message me if you have any comments or questions on this post.