Are you in the Christmas spirit? I know that phrase can mean different things to different people. But what I mean is, are you in tune with the true Spirit of this season, the Spirit of Jesus Christ Himself?
How do you feel about Christmas? For some it is “the most wonderful time of the year!” My children love every aspect of this season, as all kids do, but so do I. I love the lights, trees, music, parties, and time with family.
For others though it can be depressing, and discouraging. Some have lost loved ones recently, for others, relationships have been broken, and for this season they will stay that way. It makes for a tough holiday.
For many believers there is the feeling that the real meaning of the season is lost somewhere in the midst of all the commercialization of Christmas. Why, even Charlie Brown was distressed over it when he saw Snoopy’s house decorated for a Christmas contest. He exclaimed, “My own dog gone commercial, I cant stand it!”
Whether you're a Christmas fan or not we all must strive to keep our priorities in check during this time of year.
Here are 3 things that we can do to keep the Right Christmas Spirit:
Remember the Person of Christmas — Matthew 1:16-20,23
In verse 16 of Matthew 1, The genealogy ends with the bold statement that this babe who was born in a stable is Jesus, who is called Christ. Remember this season that it is the Person of Jesus Christ that we are to be celebrating.
Recognize The Purpose of Christmas — Matthew 1:21-25
God tells us the reason for Christ coming right away when He says in Matthew 1:21 that Jesus “Shall save His people from their sins.” We must never lose sight of the fact that Jesus Christ, the baby in the manger, came to die on the cross for us, as us, so that we might be saved. All people need the Saviour, Jesus Christ, because we all are sinners. We all have fallen short of God’s glory. The whole purpose of Christ’s coming is to save anyone who would repent of their sin and believe on the Christ of Christmas.
Realize Your Place in Christmas
Mary and Joseph had their place in this Christmas story. As did the Shepherds, Wisemen, Angels, and the Innkeeper. But what is your place in this Christmas story? Your place is to accept the Gift of all Gifts — Christ Jesus the Lord. Romans6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Don’t lose sight of what matters most this season. Focus on Loving, Serving, and Obeying Christ.
When the gifts are being purchased, and later opened, remember the greatest gift — Jesus Christ.
And if you've never put your faith in Christ, don't delay, there is no need to wait! Believe on Him and trust Him now!
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