The Christmas holiday season takes on a life of its own each year. The materialistic and commercialistic pressures are so great that we find ourselves looking forward to December being over. As believers we must not succumb to the powerful tide of holiday-related stress. Let’s seize the opportunity to proclaim the good news that Jesus has come to save us from our sins. Here are a few ways you can do that:
Keep your priorities straight. Christmas can cause us to spend money and time on things that are not worthy priorities. Sit down early in the season and remind yourself of your monetary, family and life goals. Stick with them.
Keep your focus fixed. Don’t let the hectic season disrupt your time alone with God in His Word. Savor the Savior in Scripture. Be faithful in the gatherings of the church; it will help you keep your focus. Our family Christmas celebration isn’t complete without the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at our church. It’s the highlight of a month of special focus on Jesus.
Keep your witness strong. The Christmas season is a prime opportunity to talk about the Christ of Christmas. Not surprisingly, many people fall prey to depression and discouragement during this time of the year that is filled with more festivities and parties than any other time of the year. People need the hope that is found in Christ. Use every available occasion to speak about your Lord. You can also invite the people in your circle of relationships to come with you to Sunday worship at your church, or to a special Christmas event at church.
Keep your joy full. There’s plenty for us to celebrate this Christmas. Above all we must “rejoice in the Lord always.” As we ponder the magnificent gift of God’s Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ, we make the choice to rejoice. Remember the announcement of the angel, “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today … a Savior has been born to you.”
Michael D. Dean