Today on Facebook I posted “Celebrating Christmas without Jesus is like having a huge birthday bash and not inviting the person of the hour- it just doesn’t make sense.
Well- I have prayed and prayed about this and have come to the realization that 3 of the most common misconceptions of Christmas are…
Christmas is about the “spirit of giving”
Christmas is spending time with family and friends
Christmas is about helping the needy
The above sound like beautiful things…and they may indeed happen on or around Christmas, but by NO means are they the meaning of Christmas. In fact, some of these misconceptions may cause us to be so overtaken and side tracked that the real meaning of Christmas is stolen from us. So, in a nut shell-if any of these things take us away from God-we need to re-evalutate.
So…what is Christmas?
Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Period. That is more than enough…more than we ever deserved. Thank you Lord for this gift…a Savior. A SAVIOR!
We may give on Christmas, but that is not the “spirit of giving”~ it is the Holy spirit within us that jumps at every opportunity to share God’s love with anyone at anytime.
We may spend time with friends and family~but Jesus is the only “person” we need. Friends and family are blessing indeed, but to fully love one another Jesus must come first.
We may give to the less fortunate during this holiday~but being a Christian means being used as a tool for the Lord whenever he needs his work to be done- come December or July ..day in and day out….
Looking back on my life, I realize that there is a dark area once upon a time when I did not understand what I was celebrating when I celebrated Christmas. It is so embarrassing…so hard to think about…but it is SO important that I always remind myself of this. God is using my life and my experiences without him to help pull others that are tedder toddering in a “luke warm Christian lifestyle” just like I was.
” Revelations 3:15-16 says “I know your deeds and you are neither hot nor cold. I wish you were either one or the other. So because you are lukewarm-neither hot nor cold-I am about to spit you out of my mouth”