The lights, the sounds, the excitement, the weariness, the exhaustion of walking too much– it’s there. We see the selfishness, we see the shopping carts full, and we see the Salvation Army bell ringers all around us this Christmas season. Then we get the reminder of what this season is all about, which seems to weary us more than all of the shopping and wrapping – the birth of Jesus Christ. We hear we’ve lost the meaning of Christmas, and indeed the majority of us have. We have chosen selfishness and gain over selflessness and sacrifice. What if this Christmas season we did what Jesus was born for- to die?
He came to redeem us from our sins. He came to save us from death and hell. He gave up all He had to come into this world. He humbled Himself to be born among mortal men.
Obedient sacrifice is difficult. Dying to our own wants and needs feels even worse. But this is what Christ did, and He beckons us to do the same. At all costs, we must follow in the footsteps of the Savior. Life from God is promised when we give up sacrificially our own wants and desires.
“What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain.” -1 Corinthians 15:36-37
Every single moment of the year is a time to die to ourselves. However, during this season it is so much easier to become so self-focused about our Christmas lists or what we’re going to get this certain person, that we save Jesus until Christmas morning, just to read the Christmas story for about five minutes then go on to opening our presents.
This is one reason that stress levels are so high during this time. We seek craziness over the peace of God, most of the time unintentionally. We must put Jesus first every day of the year, including during the month of December. We must seek to glorify Him above all else.
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” -Colossians 3:17
Let us commemorate not only the birth of Jesus Christ this Christmas season, but also His death and resurrection. Let us commemorate His life and the way He has called us to live. Most importantly, let us remember ultimately why He came- to give us new life.
What would Jesus have you to do this Christmas season?
Merry Christmas from the staff and students here at BCOM!