The business I am currently engaged in has me going out to various residences around the St. Louis area. I meet with numerous families throughout the day. Some rich, some poor. One thing I’ve noticed is that many of the parents I meet, no matter how rich or poor, are wishing the holidays to be over with, as soon as possible!
I don’t get it.
Jesus is the reason for the season, not gifts, nor holiday shopping, nor big feasts.
Christians in America have been sucked into the pit of secularism and commercialism. For that, they are suffering. Suffering because they no longer await the celebration of our Savior’s birth with joy in their hearts. Suffering because they foolishly think they need to buy the greatest, most perfect gifts for everyone. And, suffering at the thought of their next credit card statement…
They no longer place Christ at the center of their lives. Instead, they place materialism at the center.
Again, I don’t get it.
God has already given us the greatest, most perfect gift anyone could ever give to another; eternal life through His son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
How could one ever possibly think to outdo God in the gift giving department? And, to top it off, God payed off, in full, OUR own, personal credit card debts with the blood of His only begotten son!
So, I don’t get it. God has already done the shopping, paying, and suffering. Who are we to even think we can come close to God’s gift giving?
Therefore, I pray that you, along with all my fellow Americans and Christians, will forget about those ridiculous secular trappings associated with Christmas and just use today as a time to reflect on the gloriousness of the greatest, most perfect gift mankind has ever received: Jesus Christ; our Propitiation, Redeemer, Lord and Savior.