Here we are once again. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Excitement is building, the world around us is beginning to sparkle and alive with song and festive decor. I just can’t help but smile at the thought of it all.
As we move through this advent season, eagerly anticipating the coming celebration of Christ’s birth, I assert that we should take hold of opportunities that arise. Let’s capitalize on the joy of the Christmas season, like we do on the sales at the mall. What I mean is this year, think about the traditions that your family holds. Do you remember where they stem from? Perhaps a little research is needed to find out why there’s a decorated tree in your living room, or a calendar hung on the wall with little candies inside.
Let’s take an introspective look at the ornaments we pull out, year after year, and the plans that we hold for the season and teach the up and coming generation why we do the things we do.
With families ever moving and growing there’s a chance that you’ll be spending part of this Christmas season with someone new who doesn’t believe in Christ as their Savior and Lord. Draw them in with the joy in your heart. Allow them to get cozy in the peace that fills your home as you include them in the age-old stories of your traditions.
There may be a need for let go of some old habits and welcome some new traditions to begin to closely draw your loved ones to the true meaning of why we celebrate. Don’t be afraid to set things aside that you’ve always done in exchange for things that will be lasting and point to Christ in a more meaningful way.
We have an amazing opportunity during this time of year to creatively teach the story of Jesus and His beautiful love for us. Let’s make sure that those who come after us fully understand why we are so full of cheer.
Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds’ tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 11:18-20)
Read: Isaiah 9:6
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.
Based on The Nature of Christ's Kingdom on November 24th, 2018 - Watch Sermon