Last Tuesday Shane brought us a message that illustrated the importance of not getting bogged down in the Christmas season. Life gets stressful when we dwell on celebrating the Christmas season the way society tells us to. We begin to put ourselves in slavery when we focus on the world’s view of Christmas, instead of living into the freedom that Christ has gifted us with.
“But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very owl children. And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.”
Are you stuck in the holidays? Do you resemble a ghost, where you just show up and leave to school, family events, even church. Not really participating in anything just slipping in and out of events and holidays. Are you a zombie? Not really thinking about your actions or mindset at events. Not loving people the way we are supposed to, just appearing and feasting. Have you become a holiday were-wolf? Where everything in the house has to be absolute perfect for the holidays. Leaving no room for mistakes, humans, and love. Or are you a vampire? Where you only desire what people are giving you. Wanting more and better gifts living in a want-to-be mode.
I would confess to having found myself slipping into some of these states before; and if you are living in these states you don’t have to stay a ghost, zombie, were-wolf, or vampire. There is hope offered to you through the…
We don’t have to live in slavery mode, but instead be present with God and the people He has put in your life. Loving them and listening to them in a way that would reflect Jesus. Building relationships with people that you don’t typically reach out to. Being warm at heart and loving people more than you think you could, because Jesus loves them more (Galatians 5:6, 13-16).
Above all that we would be focusing on our Good Father (Luke 11:9-13).
As the Christmas season comes around let us focus our eyes and attention on the thing that is better than all the gifts, food, and even memories. The God that sent His Son to die on our behalf to free broken people from slavery. Celebrating Jesus’s birth, life, and sacrifice that give us eternal life. That we would be present and intentional in our time with our Creator. God’s favorite gift to give us, is Himself. So set your focus on Him this Christmas season, asking for more of Him and His heart. I am sure His gifts will satisfy you more than anything this world can offer.
Remember that “the best thing to give this Christmas is yourself.”
Don’t forget tonight is our BCM Christmas Party!! Bring a gift for the white elephant event and meet in TRCC 008. We will be having cookies, apple cider, and hot chocolate.