Jude 20-21 Build yourselves up in your most holy faith…Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.
This is the time of year when we celebrate God’s love. As we celebrate the birth of Christ, we also remember that Easter is on its way, and the purpose of the Babe in a manger becomes real. Celebrating Christ’s birth should fill us with love–for God and for others. It is a response we should have all year long.
But commercialization and the world have infiltrated the most joyous of all celebrations. We have fallen for the world’s idea of how we celebrate Christmas, and each year, it seems, we fall harder. The stores are crowded; people are impatient; parties, presents and feasts take up our time and our money. We just can’t do enough, buy enough or eat enough between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Of all the times when being the instrument of God’s love is so important, it is both the easiest and most difficult to do so. If, instead of harvesting impatience and frustration, we gave a smile and consideration to others regardless of how we are treated, we could be a light in someone else’s darkness. If we could put others’ needs and, even their desires, ahead of our own, we could be a reflection of what Christmas is all about. If we told someone about why Jesus was born and why He died for us, we could be the instrument of bring the gift of new life to someone this year.
“Jesus shook people up. His style was not that of the natural man. The natural man loves to receive love back, gives to get back, and lives in a conditional reality. Jesus spoke against that. He taught radical responsibility for your own self, your own heart, and your own actions. He gave no outs or excuses when it comes to the people who wrong us. He taught us to love because God Himself created all and re-created us in Christ Jesus that we can live a new and different life in Him.”¹
Dare to ask God to change your attitude toward others. In addition to family and friends, dare to show the love of Christ to at least one person you do not know every day. Be the surprise in someone’s life this Christmas season.
[Read Revelation 17-22]
Revelation 19:10 Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said, “No, don’t worship me. I am a servant of God, just like you and your brothers and sisters who testify about their faith in Jesus. Worship only God. For the essence of prophecy is to give a clear witness for Jesus.”
You have given me a new heart. Teach me how to love and show me when I am loving less than Your best. I want to learn Your ways. Help me show the love of Christ to someone this Christmas. Amen.