As I deck the halls and shop the malls, it’s a time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. Even though we don’t know exactly when Jesus was born, this is when we celebrate His birth, the greatest gift to mankind.
The stores are filled with Santa Claus as the symbol for Christmas, and I’m afraid that for many people that really is all there is. You may receive a gadget that you don’t need, or a sweater that’s too small, but the Greatest Gift perfectly fills the God-shaped hole within us all. Santa just can’t compete with that!
Will You Accept?
God desires a relationship with us, but none of us are holy enough to be in His presence, so He supplied the perfect lamb, His only son, Jesus Christ, to pay for our sins and wash us clean with his blood so that we would be fit for eternal life with Him. However, it’s up to us to accept this perfect gift, as it won’t be forced upon us. And whether we accept or refuse The Gift has eternal consequences.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (NIV)
Jesus is the Reason
Scripture tells me to always be prepared to give a reason for the hope that is within me.
“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)
Jesus is the reason for the hope that is within me. I accepted Him as my savior and was baptized many years ago. Without Him I would have no hope of eternal life in heaven. Without Him I would have nowhere to turn for peace and comfort. He is my compass that helps me make sense of all the nonsense, and helps me see through Satan’s lies.
My #1 reason for homeschooling our children was to teach them everything from a Christian perspective. Have you ever noticed that “history” is His-story? The underlying importance of history is the story of the Gospel, and it makes a huge difference to study it that way.
I endeavor to be a holy sacrifice to God, to be a willing tool for Him to work through. Whether it’s to reach my children, someone whose path I cross, or someone who stumbles upon my blog.
If you haven’t accepted the greatest gift of all, then I encourage you to do that today. None of us are guaranteed even one more day, so please don’t put it off.
Make Jesus the reason for your season!
“Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” Mark 16:16 (NIV)