My favorite holiday ever, will always be Christmas. I decorate in LOTS of lights and Christmas decor and go all out to celebrate the birth of Christ. It makes you feel good and a little better about mankind. You see and think about others more than any other time of the year.
The excitement, anticipation, joy, and anxiousness of Christmas is something that most of us learn from a young age. I am guilty of passing this on to my children. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Christmas, I just don’t want them to be anticipating for the wrong reasons.
The ultimate gift, can never be topped. On the downside, the whole reason that Christmas is here in the first place has been so desecrated on, that it stinks. Everything that God has given us as good, satan has counterfeited, to steal away the truth and meaning of it. Christ is all but foreshadowed during His own celebrations, due to commercialism and greed. Satan will do what he can to get our hearts and eyes off of the greatest gift that has ever been given to mankind.
The exchanging of presents is a celebration and representation of Jesus’ birthday. I love to give as well as receive. Making someone’s day a little brighter is sooo worth it to me. I do not teach my children Santa Claus. (No offense to anyone who does.) Nor do I judge anyone who does. I want my kids to know the true meaning of why we exchange gifts, that we are celebrating the birthday of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and we would not have anything without the provisions of a loving God. God is the One who makes it possible for us to have anything.
With that being said, it is sickening and saddening to see what a “greed fest” this season has become. If proof is needed for that, just pull up some videos on Youtube of the “Black Friday” sales. When people will actually fight each other just to save a couple of dollars on something that they probably don’t need anyways, is a very sad thing.
We really need to get back to the basics of Luke 2:10 and other references of the Bible of Christ birth. Since “He is the reason for the season” in the first place.
Picture this, you see a huge present wrapped beautifully in front of you. It has your name on it with a tag that says, “open me”. You start to unwrap it in a hurry. You want to know what is inside! To your surprise, you find another gift on the inside, wrapped similar to the first one. You go thru the same routine of unwrapping, only to find yet another gift. This goes on 5 more times. You finally get to the smallest box and realize that you are holding your breath with anticipation. Someone went thru a lot of trouble to wrap this gift for you in this manner. You open it up and laying there in that last gift box, is the tiniest of seeds. An itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny mustard seed.
What did you expect? God wants you to expect Him to take care of your needs. He also expects us to do our part. He has allotted to each of us faith the size of a mustard seed. It’s our job to water or exercise our faith for it to grow.
When attending a church service, do you go dreading it and wishing that it will hurry up so that you can get back home? Or do you go expecting God to do something big? To change and restore lives. To save souls and clean up our hearts. To do miracles and creative miracles. To shower us with His love, mercy, grace, and forgiveness. You will get what you expect.
So, go ahead and unwrap the beautiful gifts that God has placed in front of you. You may be surprised.