A Life-Changing Event

Posted by Marcia Newkirk on 12/02/2014

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


1 Comment

Tiffany Scott Says:
November 21st, 2012 at 10:54 am
Thank you, once again Marcia, for bringing the words of the Lord to our attention and calling us to be thankful. I become more thanful during this time of the year as we hear more and more about those that don't have the "luxuries" I have. No, my home is not perfect, it's small and not in a great area, but there is a roof over my head and I don't have to wonder if I'm going to be able to feed my family tonight. We are all safe and healthy. But we do tend to complain about what we don't have, rather than being thankful for the things we do have. We are studying "A Hole in Our Gospel" in our Sunday School class and are made aware that 26,000 children die every day from preventable causes. That's world wide. Christ came not only to save me, but save them too. I'm thankful that God doesn't call us to accept him from birth, that we are covered until we come of an age of understanding, and one day, I can rejoice with those precious lives with our Father in Heaven. It's so important for us to take time each day to be thankful for what we do have, and to show that thankfulness to God and others, so that others may also know the joy and thankfulness of Christ.
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