Christmas time is kicked off by my favorite holiday. Thanksgiving, it’s my favorite holiday because it involves the Five most important F’s in life, Food, Family, Friends, Fun and Football. Following thanksgiving, when you are doing dishes and playing Christmas music for the first time (That is right, the acceptable day to start Christmas music is dishes on thanksgiving FYI) begins the Christmas season. This year I decided to call the Christmas season my journey to Jesus, it is inspired by the Magi and their journey to 8lb 12oz baby Jesus (Who was probably more like 2 years old when they finally found him). They heard from God about Jesus, then they risked seeking after him leaving their lives behind, then they gave him gifts and worshipped him. What if I took the time to do three things. Take time to Hear Jesus, spend time Seeking Jesus, then spend time worshipping him.
1. Take time to hear Jesus. Christmas can often be a time where we hear a lot about Jesus but not spend a lot of time hearing what he has to say. (Job 33:14For God speaks again and again, though people do not recognize it.) He wants to remind you through all the busyness that we go through to celebrate his birth, that he came to love us because we are worth loving, he came to be a wonderful counselor, prince of peace and as an amazing savior for ALL.
2.Take time to Pursue Jesus. Being in relationships in general require pursuit, especially with God. He has so much to offer us that it takes constant pursuit (Matt 6:33) “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” When we pursue God we know more about him, and when we know more about him, we learn a lot about how much we are loved, cared for and reminded by our heavenly father that he has a plan in any season we are in. When you hear his voice don’t just consider it a good thought, go after it and see what he has for you.
3. Take the time to worship. Remind yourself that the Christmas carols we sing are actually praising God for his son, and when we praise God we are putting him first and thanking him for his goodness to us.. (Psalm 63:3-4) “Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.” He deserves our worship, in forms of bringing our gifts to him, singing/shouting his praise, of loving our neighbor. Worship does the for the soul like milk does for a body, GOOD!
I love christmas and everything that comes with it, family, food, presents, christmas movies, christmas music, and so many other wonderful things. I hope that in all of it, that you can hear from God, spend time pursuing him and praising him for all he’s doing and yet to do in your life.