A Life-Changing Event
Keeping Christmas: Devotion #9
Allow me to ask you a personal question: How thankful are you for the Lord Jesus today? Do you have a personal, intimate relationship with Christ? Our purpose to Keep Christmas is based upon our desire to honor and worship Christ above all the distractions and opportunities for busyness ahead of us. Will you have the energy and desire to Keep Christmas? Pause with me today and consider that first Christmas over 2,000 years ago. The Messiah had been prophesied hundreds of years before in the Old Testament. In fact, over 300 prophecies have been fulfilled in Christ.We are told in Isaiah 9:6,
For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
The birth of Christ is a life-changing event for all of mankind. Ponder with me the marvelous, glorious gift of the Gospel. In just a simple summary, the story of the Bible is:
All people are separated from God as a consequence of sin. God is the eternal Creator and Ruler of the Universe. He created man to have a relationship with Him. But man chose to disobey, sin entered the picture and has been there ever since. God has a plan to give us back that intimacy that once existed. He sent His only Son, Jesus, to take my penalty on Himself and to die on the cross in my place. My response need be that I repent of my sin, turn toward my Savior and Lord and accept this perfect gift. I cannot do anything to earn this gift; I need only receive it. (Taken from Romans 1-4)
As a believer in Christ, we have so much for which to be thankful. As we have just celebrated Thanksgiving and anticipate Christmas, may you keep in the forefront of your minds the gift of God in Christ Jesus. Putting it Into Practice: ~ If you have personally given your life to Christ, thank Him today for the gift of salvation. If you cannot recall a time that you heard about, understood and believed in Christ, stop and pray a prayer of confession and faith. Your call to keep Christmas has little meaning if you don't remember the reason we are honoring Christ. The fuel to keep Christmas simple, holy, and honorable is your love and devotion to Christ. Our Bibles end with a call to worship: Revelation 19:1 says, Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to God. May He be honored in our hearts as we continue to Keep Christmas and may He be glorified in our priorities as we lay aside the trivial and hold high our worship and adoration of Christ.
We will love the Lord our God with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind, all our strength and love our neighbor as ourselves as we prepare our hearts for the holidays. Based on Mark 12:30-31