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The Way We Spend The Christmas Season

Text: Luke 2:1-20   IBCSS   December 25, 2005

By Pastor Jose B. Cabajar

 

   We may not be aware but the way we spend the Christmas Season speaks a lot of things about us. It's a natural revealer of our hidden man. It's an undeniable exposition of man's physical preference, emotional expression and spiritual inclination.

 

   Christmas season is a busy season filled with unavoidable heavy schedules which usually lead many people into stressful activities. A careful monitoring and study of what is going on in this messy world would make us realize how people really spend the most awaited season of the year.

 

   Seeing those mouth-watering foods, eye-catching lights, head-turning state-of-the-art things and jaw-dropping gifts, who would deny that Christmas Season is becoming more of the flesh? Moreover, we cannot avoid emotional reunions with our loved ones, gatherings filled with laughter, and sometimes, disappointing moments as an unpleasant result of excitement-triggered negligence. Truly, anything can happen during the season. It could be an exciting physical activity, an emotional experience or unforgettable spiritual turning point.

 

   Before we spend the Christmas Season without a significant reason, may we be aware that Christ is the ultimate reason why we have this blessed season. It's high time to shine spiritually so that the lost may find their way to the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

     

                   (I) Reveals Our Priority

    Luke 2:1-8

    -God-glorifying things must be our priority in life

 

   Luke chapter 2:1-8 is compared to a sharp and a well-preserved photograph which shows us how busy the people were during the Savior's birth. The season was filled with many activities and their lives were focused on earthly things. Christ's unnoticed birth was a sad result of man's misplaced priority.

 

   A man who claims to be spiritual must behave himself wisely and unquestionably put Christ first in his daily life. Attending Bible-believing Church and hearing the Word should not be neglected. Christ-centered gatherings should not be ignored in exchange of worldly pleasures. He who really loves God loves God-glorifying activities also.                           

 

                   (II) Reveals Our Mindfulness Of God

     Luke 2:9-19

     -Being mindful of God keeps us away from

      none-essential activities

 

   The kind of activity we prefer to get involved in discloses our leaning. Evidently, it also reveals how mindful we are of the things of God. Among the people of Israel, the busy shepherds were the most privileged to see the newly born Savior because they were mindful of the good tidings which were spoken by the angel of the Lord. In Luke 2:15-16, it is written, And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. (KJV) Being mindful of God leads us to a sweeter fellowship with God and to Christ-likeness.

            

                   (III) Reveals Our Care For Others

      Luke 2:17-20   

      -Our compassion for lost souls

 

   However colorful and dramatic Christmas Season may seem to others, we could be convinced of what others say that Christmas Day is considered as one of the saddest day in man's calendar year. As the world lavishly celebrates the day, millions of souls are also having "woe-on-us pity-parties" because of the absence of the Lord Jesus Christ in their lives. May true Christians be mindful of the spiritual needs of others. Keep in mind that how we spend Christmas reveals our care for others. The shepherds made known abroad the best news ever told. (See also Romans 10:13-15)              

 

    -Our love for brethren

 

   Christmas Season is well-known by its gift-giving activities. Certainly, it reminds us how Christ Jesus tremendously displayed His boundless love to hell-bound people like we are. In John 3:16, it is written, For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (KJV) What a hope-giving passage, but how would the lost know if Christians neglect to proclaim the Good News? Christmas Season should not be limited only to traditional celebration, but a perfect time to show our true compassion to the lost and love for the brethren. In I John 3:21, it is written, And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also. (KJV)       

 

   We must keep in mind that Christmas Season is also a Harvest Season. It's a special time when we could share the Gospel of Christ so the lost people may come to the saving knowledge of Christ.  

 

   As the world rejoices greatly through out the season, may true believers celebrate the birth of Christ in a manner acceptable to God, giving Him all the praises and glory due unto His Holy Name.

 

May you all have a Christ-centered Christmas.

 

 

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