We are in that season when it is all about excitement, joy and merriment. It is that time of the year when we are indulgent and lavish, as we give gifts, parties and so much of our time to family and friends.
And why not, it truly is a time to celebrate isn’t it?
As believers in Christ, we know the real reason for this season! We know that we are really celebrating the birth of our King – even if the rest of the world may have lost the plot.
We can keep our eyes fixed on The One and not merely be dazzled by the shimmer of the season. We know that this is the time to emulate all that King Jesus did – give extravagantly,
We know why we celebrate; we celebrate Jesus and so we do…as merrily as we can. It is after all the season to be jolly!
“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them” (Luke 2:6-7).
When Love was born, it happened in the quiet…The Messiah was laid in a simple manger tucked away, practically hidden, in the town of Bethlehem. King Jesus came to save the world but HE arrived almost in secret.
Over the last few years, I have learnt to love Christmas in a new and quiet way. Ever since my heart soaked in the fact that “God is Love” (1 John 4:8) and Love was born in the quiet, I realised how much God reveres intimacy and quietness.
God loves intimacy with His children so much that He allowed the Love that was born and laid in a simple manger, to be brutally hung on a cross – all because He wanted His children back.
Love was nailed to a cross so that nothing could ever separate God’s children from Him.
That’s how much God loves intimacy with you… and me. When my heart finally knew that through and through, it made me look at Christmas a little differently.
As I shop for gifts during Christmas, I always find myself quietly asking what new gift I can give my Jesus, and I always find Him telling me the same thing – “just more of you.”
Ultimately, I think it is what God wants from all His children, a little more of their hearts and a little more of their time…and in return, He gives us ALL of Him.
When Love was born over 2000 years ago in the quiet…it was so that love can unite a Father to His children because…
What can we do differently this Christmas, to be a little more extravagant with our gift of time to Jesus?