My kids are growing and they are beginning to understand things a lot better. With this in mind, I have been thinking of new Christmas traditions to introduce from next year (by God’s grace). They already know that Christmas isn’t all about the presents and Santa. We try as much as possible to talk less of Santa and more about Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ gives Santa, Mum and Dad presents to give them for Christmas. This is what they believe lol. Yesterday I told Isabella (6 years old) and Brianna (5 years old) to write what Christmas is all about in 10 mins and they came up with this. Bless their hearts 🙂
I want them to know that God gave us a gift that we ordinarily wouldn’t have been able to get and as such, we should reach out to those people who ordinarily won’t be able to afford what we have. So next year, I’m planning on introducing something to reflect this. It could be reaching out to the homeless or something along that line. I’m really excited about that.
I love christmas and the message it carries. Every story in the bible is deep. Every scenario and person mentioned has a meaning attached to it. The story of the birth of Jesus Christ isn’t an exemption. I’m sure we have heard this story so many times, we know it by heart and we know many lessons from it. However today I would like to talk briefly about the challenges faced when meeting the Gift. – Jesus Christ.
The wise men from the East who came to visit Jesus Christ travelled a long way. I would like to believe that it was an exhausting journey too. But they didn’t let this discourage them from meeting this special Gift.
Maybe your journey to Christ has been rough. Probably you have had to walk away from the familiar because you want to meet Him. It could be that you currently feel the aches that are accompanied with the harsh conditions that you have been in contact with on your way to meet the King. I would like to let you know that just like the wise men, the journey to meet Jesus Christ is worth it. The joy that the Gift brings outweighs the pain of the journey to meet Him. You won’t regret it.
Celebrating with others has it’s sour side as well. The parents of Jesus Christ had to put up with a lot to meet their special gift. Dealing with rejection was part of it. They were told there was no space for them to unravel the greatness they were carrying on the inside. Despite all of these, there is no place where it’s recorded that they ignored their assignment just to make a point to the naysayers.
You might have to put up with a lot this season. To be honest, this is the part of Christmas most people don’t like. Having to put up with that family member who always gets on your nerve. Having to respond to those unpleasant questions which are often asked to ridicule you. In the midst of these challenges, as lights of the world, we are to conduct ourselves in a Christ like way so those people can meet the Gift in us – Jesus Christ.
This might be the last chance for that friend, brother, sister, neighbour or family member to meet the Gift box. Don’t be a barrier to them unravelling it. The Gift is hidden inside the packages. To enable them reach Jesus Christ, we will have to deal with unpleasant things. These things are the gift wraps. However once this test is passed, they will eventually meet the best Gift ever which will change their lives forever.
As you celebrate CHRISTmas, don’t be the barrier that hinders someone from meeting CHRIST.
God bless you!