The few days following Christmas is like coming down from a sugar high. This Christmas season started right after Walmart put away their scary masks and it began in earnest the day after Thanksgiving. The weeks leading up to Christmas is filled with scheduling family gatherings, shopping, wrapping, cooking, and decorating. There is a lot of energy that goes into the Christmas season.
Then the big day comes when excited children tear into their carefully wrapped presents and adults laugh at old family jokes and eat to their fill. Just a day or so after the last scrap of wrapping paper is thrown away, we begin our laborious task of disassembling our tinsel and glass balls from our pre-lit artificial trees. You know it is much more fun putting it up than taking it all down–right? Too soon we head back to work and school amazed at how fast the jolly days of Christmas flew by.
Lift up your head, put a smile on your face, and let your heart be filled with lasting joy! Jesus was not born in Bethlehem just so we could have Christmas. Christmas is merely the celebration of His birth but the lasting reality of Jesus, was that of the Son of God coming into this world as a man to redeem mankind from his sinful and fallen state. The scripture states in 1 John 3:8b NKJV, “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”
I am not going to be down and depressed because this Christmas has passed but I am going to rejoice that I can follow Jesus the Christ as His disciple. I am excited that another day has been put into my hands that I can use it for His purpose and glory. He was born into this world and shown forth in this world. He was born into my heart and now I must allow Him to show forth His glory through my life.
My prayer: Father, thank you for the gift of Your Son. Thank you that I have the awesome privilege of following Him and representing Him to the world through the power of the Holy Spirit in my life.