Posted by: glorifyhim1 | December 6, 2010

If Everyday Could Be Like Christmas

Listening to Christmas music and conversation almost inevitably leads to hearing the expression “If only everyday could be like Christmas.” I have often felt that way myself. At Christmas time, a different kind of spirit seems to prevail, a joy that we do not always feel at other times of the year. What is it about Christmas that makes us wish that it could stay with us forever?

I can think of a few things about Christmas that makes it special for me.

  • Time with family –

 

Christmas is one time during the year when we generally spend real quality time with our families. We have meals together, really talk to each other, perhaps play games or attend fun activities together. Oftentimes we are able to spend time with extended family members who we may not see on a regular basis. Christmas can be a time for renewing relationships and reconnecting with people who are important to us.

  • Shopping –

 

That’s right – I actually have an excuse to shop. Now before you think I’m hopelessly materialistic, let me explain. At Christmas I get to shop for others. It is an opportunity to concentrate on others and think about something I can do to express my love or appreciation for them.

  • Spirit of good will –

 

At Christmas time, there is an overwhelming spirit of good will to others. There are all kinds of efforts to provide food for the hungry, warm coats for the cold, and gifts to help bring Christmas to hurting families. Christmas encourages us to think about those in need, to perhaps give sacrificially or step outside of our comfort zones, in order to help those who are less fortunate.

  • Decorating and celebrating –

 

Christmas calls us to trim the tree, string colored lights and garlands, plan meals, and throw a party. Probably more than any other time of the year, Christmas creates excitement and a desire to celebrate with friends and family.

But there is one more thing that makes Christmas truly special for me. It is noticeably absent from the list above, yet it is because of this one thing, that the other things named have any significance at all. Christmas is special for me because it is the day I celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, my Savior. I love to read about Jesus’ birth in Luke 2. I love listening to Christmas music and singing the old, familiar carols. I never tire of telling preschoolers about how Jesus was born in Bethlehem, how Mary laid Him in a manger, how the angels announced the good news to the shepherds in the field, and how the shepherds came to see Baby Jesus. I love the manger scenes, the Christmas plays, and the wonder of that first Christmas that never grows old. Yes, I may like all the other things we do at Christmas, but without Jesus, they pale in their significance. For simply stated, without Jesus, there is no Christmas.

When Christ’s birth was announced to Mary, the angel told her: “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” (Luke 1:31-33)  An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him that the baby Mary carried was conceived of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:20). “And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21) This is what we celebrate at Christmas, the birth of Jesus, the Christ, who came “to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). 

But while we really cannot have Christmas without Christ, we can have Christmas everyday when we know Christ as our personal Lord and Savior. How? Because once Christ comes into our hearts and lives, He changes us from the inside out. 2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” We have a new spirit within us. “And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us” (1 John 3:24b). We are new creatures. Christ lives within us through His Spirit. Because of Him, routine, everyday activities can take on a whole new dimension.

Galatians 5:22-23 explains: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” When we know Christ and yield to His control in our lives, He produces love and joy in our lives. He gives us peace even during tough times. He helps us show kindness to others and be patient with others’ mistakes. Through Him we can do good things, be faithful, show gentleness and self-control. That sounds a lot like the spirit we feel or long to feel at Christmas, doesn’t it? But we cannot manufacture that kind of spirit. It can only come through Christ. And  because of Him, we can know that spirit of Christmas everyday. And that is reason to celebrate – at Christmas and everyday!

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