IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME / OF THE YEAR
Hello friends :–) This is a small something that I wrote to encourage myself and others as !! Christmas !! makes its annual visit to my church and my wallet.
Being a Christian today can feel like a very complicated thing. We sort of want to be loved by society and the world, to be warmly embraced and held up as blessings to the society that we live in. We long to have the sort of life that Acts 2:47 writes about, where we ‘praise God and enjoy the favor of all the people”. Yet – many of us remain unaware of or unwilling to embrace the life of the apostles in Acts, where their possessions and goods (and land and homes) were sold and distributed to all who had need.
Now I know that the proper appointed time for resolutions and wishes does not arrive till Gurmit Singh yells out Happy New Year on some floating platform and startled birds try to avoid the sudden flurry of fireworks that follows after.
But it is my hope, in this festive season, that as 2017 comes around, I me myself and all others who call themselves Christians, or followers-of-Christ, will choose to lovingly be to their societies and communities what Jesus was to his. Not that we must literally march towards death via Roman crucifixion, but that we will learn to die to the selfish ‘I’ who is ever insisting on its own proud way.
Over and over again in the Bible, God identifies Himself as the defender of widows, the Father to the fatherless, one who looks after the alien and the sojourner.
If we love Jesus, we cannot avoid this truth – that God identifies Himself with the helpless, the disenfranchised, and He says to those who would call themselves ‘Christians’: You feed them. Remember the poor! Do not reap your fields to the edges – always leave some for those in need.
We speak often of ‘love’. So did Jesus. But true love will always cost us dearly. The gospels tell us that the birds of the air had their nest, foxes their holes, but as He ran from those who sought to arrest Him, the Son of Man had no place to rest his head. As they cast garments for his clothes, he hung on the cross, naked and in deep thirst. Naked, hungry, homeless, thirsty. This is the example of Christ. This is our Jesus, and we so often pray “God, make us more like Jesus. teach us to be like Him.”
Many of us – not all, but many of us live very comfortably. May the love of Christ free us from self-occupation and selfishness so that others might not suffer for us to keep our comfort. Jesus has set us free – may our freedom not lead to fleshly indulgence, but humble and loving service to others (Galatians 5:13) 🙂
So as we join in public festivity over the birth of Christ, here is an aged article about Jesus, the world’s most super baby, and how His obedience and His life brings to us new hope.
It is a touch long at times, and a bit of a theological thought twister, yes, but just like the 1977 Star Wars release!! It reminds us that wherever we are, we have an everlasting and New Hope, because the mercy and love of Christ pursues us and wants to be known by us.
Because of that love, Christmas, however funny its origins and however commercial its celebrations, still represents the hope of something new – in our lives, if parts of us are dead or dying, in the lives of those we care dearly for, and in our world. There is a true and better King than all rulers past, and He has come, and He will return again to rule one day.”
Blessed Christmas friends 🙂