As we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we need to be reminded that the Son of God came to redeem all mankind. There are no incidents or situations in our lives that occur outside of God's will. On that day, God sent his Son to become a man on earth in order that one day he would become the payment for the sins of the world, past, present, and future. Christmas is an important day of worship and remembrance, and the giving of the greatest gift, Jesus. Paul said: Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.
Christmas has become a consumerist holiday more focused on "stuff" than on Christ. It has become an opportunity to be greedy rather than generous. Christmas has become everything that it was not intended to be. Christmas brings families together, perhaps from far away, and provides a time to connect. Enjoy that, take the time to connect, but remember to keep Christ in the center. Never forget what brought you together in the first place. Celebrate Christ with your family. Thank God for this special time where you and I can connect with our families.
At the end of the day, You and I are called to worship God. Make that your goal this Christmas. Take your eyes off of the things of this world and look to heaven (Psalm 121.1). Make him your focus in everything you do this season. Live your life in a posture of worship and give glory to the one who gave the gift no one else could (Matt.5:16).
But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. (Galatians 4:4-5). God bless you with all spiritual blessings in Christ.
Pastor and Sis. Vernon Lattimore