It’s the season to be jolly! To celebrate Jesus, to spend precious time with family, to give to the needy, to rest and party with friends.
It could also be the season to eat too much, spend too much. The season to listen to endless Christmas carols, endure big crowds and fake Santa Clauses in shopping malls.
For a lot of people Christmas time brings mixed emotions. It can be the happiest or most depressing time of year depending on what you focus on.
Every year when this season approaches I once again ponder the traditions of the season. Many of the things we do have become so ingrained in us that we do not stop to think why we do them anymore. Many will agree with the statement that “Christmas have become very commercialized.” What that means is that the shops and television make the verdicts on what Christmas is and what it should be, what we should have in our homes and what we should do at this time (Just think tree, lights, big Christmas gifts etc) and most people just tend to “go with it”. I want to challenge you this year not to just go “with it”
STOP. And think. Why do you do what you do?
Why do you celebrate Christmas? Should you celebrate Christmas? And if so, how?
What is your main focus this season?
I was challenged this week in church by something the pastor said about shining our light this Christmas. My desire is that this season my focus (and yours) will be souls. No matter what you think or believe about Christmas, the fact is that at this time of year people all over the world acknowledge Jesus in a way (it doesn’t matter to them that He probably was not born in December) Many people will be open to conversations about Jesus. A lot of unbelievers will even be open to going to a church service where normally they would not set foot in church through the rest of the year.
I want to challenge you to open your eyes this year to God-given opportunities to talk about Jesus, to share His love with your unsaved friends and family (or strangers for that matter!) Jesus declared 2000 years ago that the fields are ripe for harvest and that is more true today than ever before, so JUST DO IT! Be the light!…whether you declare that Jesus is King through a Christian T-shirt that you wear, or you invite someone to a Christmas service with you (the possibilities are endless) but don’t neglect to shine your light this season!
Matt 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.”
*** For a funny video on inviting your neighbour to a Christmas service, click HERE ***
P.S I will love to hear from you! Feel free to comment and share your opinion and ideas below.