Let me use this great opportunity to wish all my readers merry Christmas! It is a time of the season we all look forward to and celebrate. To God be the glory for making it possible for you and me to be part of the people celebrating this year. My tribute to all those who have gone to be with the Lord, particularly this year 2017, may their souls rest in perfect peace.
Like I said earlier, Christmas is a period of the year everyone usually look forward to. However, this same period means different things to different people.
For the Children: It might be a time of the year they get to spend time with both their parents, after many months of hectic jobs commitment by their parents. A situation whereby, sometimes couples have different job shifts that keep them away from spending quality time with their Children. So whenever a holiday period like Christmas comes, they grab it with their both hands by spending time together in various activities such as, eating, shopping, going to amusement parks etc. No shortage of fun for the kids. God bless them !
To the adults: As mentioned above, this period being a holiday period may be an opportunity to spend quality time with their Children, rest, visit friends and family member etc.
Having said all that, the point I’m trying to make is, Christmas creates a lot of opportunity for fun, relaxation, enjoyment, name it! Which is brilliant and well deserved. But that shouldn’t take our spirit, soul and body from the fundamental REASON FOR THE SEASON.
The REASON FOR THE SEASON, is the birth of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the whole world who died for the REMISSION of OUR SINS, so that we may all have ETERNAL LIFE and spend the REST OF OUR ETERNITY WITH GOD.
Some may argue that JESUS CHRIST was not born on DECEMBER 25TH, so WHY SHOULD WE CONSIDER HIM ON THIS DAY?
Of a truth, Jesus was not born in DECEMBER 25TH, in fact that day was originally a pagan’s day of celebration. Nevertheless, the birth of Jesus was moved to this day with good intentions to give the whole world the consciousness of JESUS CHRIST through evangelism; so as to reconcile the pagans to Him. After all I have seen people celebrating their birthdays on a day different from the day of their birth for different reasons. Scripture is in support that people are at liberty to regard a day for the LORD. As long as it’s for the LORD, it is acceptable.
Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. Romans 14:6 (NIV)
The scriptures above, then drive home the point I’m trying to buttress for what Christmas should mean to all of us. In the cause of our partying, eating, sharing, visiting, shopping etc. If the love of Christ doesn’t take the centre stage of what are doing in this period of Christmas, then all our activities would be nothing more than PAGAN FESTIVAL.
CHRISTMAS SHOULD BE A TIME OF REFLECTION
A Christmas period should be a time of spiritual reflection of our relationship with Christ. Time to evaluate how we are getting on spiritually. Are we getting closer to God or more distant away? This I believe should be the spirit at which we celebrate Christmas. To have FUN is good, but you must as well be a FOLLOWER of Jesus Christ.
Also, Christians should go all the way to show love to others by helping the needy, inviting neighbours to dine with them (regardless of their beliefs and religious affiliation) and give them gifts. This kind of attitude can win them over to Christ. This should be the spirit of Christmas!
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (NAS)