The Birth of Christ
In this Christmas season there is a lot of activity swirling about us. Shopping for gifts, office parties, church functions, and family events fill our schedules. I suppose it may seem a bit trite or repetitive to focus on the true meaning of Christmas, but yet so necessary to reign in our scattered thinking and for a moment, put a laser focus on it.
Yes, Jesus is “the reason for the season.” Not just his virgin birth, as absolutely important as that is, but the reason he came. To redeem mankind. To restore us to a relationship with Father that was torn apart in the Garden when Adam and Eve decided in their rebellion, they could be as smart as God!
So, take a moment; shut out the hustle and bustle. Think about your life and your relationship with the one who created you. Take stock of your year in review. Have you spent time with him? Do you know him better now than you did then? Reflect in the quietness.
He came for you!
Words are important. They have meaning. They reflect the thinking of a culture during a particular season of time. The word commitment is an arbitrary word. The emphasis is on the choice of the person doing the committing. We commit to one task or another. We divide and commit portions of our time and energy according to our own wishes.
Surrender is another breed of cat altogether. In our culture, we have little experience of what it means to be under a sovereign. In a democratic republic, the people are the sovereign. Surrender means to turn over the right of self-determination to another. Several times, the Apostle Paul refers to himself as a bondservant of Jesus Christ. A bondservant was a person who, even though he was granted his freedom, chose to stay with his master in loving service.
Are you just committed to the idea of believing in Jesus, or are you all in as a bondservant, surrendered to him in all things? There is a difference between having Jesus as Savior and having him as Lord!
As this scripture indicates, the greater purpose of the Son of God was to come to earth to conquer the plans and schemes of the evil one. He accomplished this by preaching the good news (for us) that the Kingdom is here, as well as going about healing all those who were sick and oppressed.
There is a war going on in the heavenlies, and all those who are in Christ have been enlisted in the army of the Lord. We are called to action, not just study and dialogue, as important as those things are. We are called to join in with the works of Jesus…and even greater works, because he has returned to his Father and has given authority to his followers.
What is your place in the Lord’s army? How has Holy Spirit called and gifted you to join the ranks of the victorious? An army that marches on its knees replaces fear with faith. It’s time to awaken and arise!!