Christmas is a busy time of year!
In our culture, many celebrate Christ-mas–the coming of the Christ (Messiah) by filling our schedules with activities and traditions.
Many of these are rich, beautiful moments and produce lasting memories.
The pace and pressure, however, can be overwhelming, and it can tire us out!
On Christmas morning, after weeks of baking, shopping, wrapping, singing, programs, concerts, decorations, cooking, card-writing, and partying…how tragic would it be if we slept right through it! We crashed on Christmas Eve (or very early on Christmas morning), and forgot to set our alarm…and then just kept sleeping!
What if we woke up late in the afternoon on Christmas Day realizing that we’d missed it!
Crazy! You say…’Ridiculous’. It would NEVER happen!
Maybe not…but Spiritually it happens all the time!
We spend all of our weeks leading up to Christmas hearing songs about the ‘Christ Child’, ‘Emmanuel’, and so on. We go to church and hear messages about Him. Some of us even read books or blogs, like this one, about Him.
For some of us, He is a major part of our desire to celebrate!
So…we don’t want to sleep right through it–spiritually!
Yet, many times, we do.
Granted, we may read the Christmas narratives in the Gospels of (Matthew 1 and Luke 1-2), we may read some of the prophecies fulfilled in Jesus (Isaiah 9:6, Micah 5:2), and some of us might pray.
However, many of us realize that it becomes more and more difficult to really WORSHIP that ‘God in the Flesh’–Jesus the Messiah–while at the same time buying in to all of the ‘extras’ that our culture pushes.
If we are not careful, we will become more ‘worldly’ than ‘godly’, and our Christmas celebrations will be much more about ‘Celebration’ then about ‘Christ’.
This is what I mean by ‘sleeping’ through Christmas.
Many, many do it.
I don’t want to be one of them. Do you?
If not, then some time in the next 4 days (it is, after all, December 21st), and shut off the music.
Shut off the t.v.
Turn out most of the lights.
Pray and ask God to help you open your heart and mind up to him.
Get a Bible and read at least 1 of these passages: Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-56; Luke 2:1-40; Isaiah 9:6-7; Micah 5:2)
Close your eyes and try to imagine yourself in that story. Ask God to help you feel the things they felt as these ancient prophecies and angelic promises were fulfilled. Ask Him to give you a new understanding of the realities they faced…The amazement they must have felt.
Then, Pray again, giving Him the praise He deserves.
Push back the noise.
Really CELEBRATE Christ Jesus this Christmas.