Allow The Spirit of Christmas into Your Heart
My pastor preached about the birth of Jesus a few weeks ago and he made a statement that sank into my consciousness, “The birth of Jesus is something that cannot be celebrated in just one day!” He spoke about allowing Jesus and the magnitude of the gift God gave us to sink into our hearts and to never forget why we celebrate Christmas and to not allow it to be relegated to just one day.
December 25th, the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, is a day that changed the world for eternity, for it is God’s gift to mankind and His ultimate sign of love for us all. On this day, He sent His only Son on a mission to commit the ultimate sacrifice that would change the rules forever and ensure our place in Heaven, but with a catch, we must willingly accept His gift.
I enjoy shopping for my family. I love picking out gifts, wrapping them, and observing their reactions as their eyes light up and a smile breaks across their face when the gift is revealed. It feels good to experience the joy I bring them and have the opportunity to show them my love through my carefully selected gifts that I give them. It is in these moments that I catch a glimpse of how God must feel when a person accepts His gift of eternal life.
On other hand, I feel awkward when someone hands me a gift and everyone watches me open it. It’s weird, but I feel unworthy of the gift and my stomach churns a bit as I reluctantly accept the gift from a loved one. Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited to receive it and the flood of anticipation as I open it, but I also feel a twinge of guilt stir within my soul and something deep insides whispers, “You are not worthy of that person’s love for you.”
The enemy, that resistance that wreaks havoc in our souls is always close by to steal our joy and to harden our hearts so that it becomes more difficult to accept the love of others, but most importantly from God. God sent his only Son to die for our sins and to cleanse our souls forever, the ultimate gift that the enemy will fight to keep from us by any means necessary.
So I think the enemy is fine with us celebrating Christmas, to narrow God’s love and beautiful gift to just one day a year. We decorate our homes, cook fabulous meals, invite our friends and families into our homes and exchange gifts to symbolize God’s gift to us. Yes, the enemy is fine with us taking one day to celebrate the birth and gift of Jesus Christ, because he knows he gets us for the rest of the year and he knows to celebrate the birth of Jesus in one day minimizes the significance of His birth.
My pastor was right, celebrating the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ, is not something we should build up to and celebrate in just one day, for it’s a gift that we must actively accept every single day of our lives. We do that by waking up each morning with a grateful spirit, by openly and actively accepting the love of others. Don’t get upset by the commercialization of Christmas and don’t be bothered by “black Friday” or the rush to get it all done so Christmas morning will be perfect for your family. Embrace it, but remember, on December 26th, when you wake up in a daze with the memory of another Christmas gone by, look up toward Heaven with a grateful spirit and know that a place is prepared and waiting for you. Learn to accept that perfect gift daily, and the spirit of Christmas will remain alive in you every single day and into eternity. Merry Christmas, and thank you, Lord!