“Is Jesus on your Christmas list?”
This was the question my pastor asked the congregation during his message last Sunday.
As I sat quietly thinking about this simple, yet profound question, I had to admit to myself and to God, that “No” He wasn’t on my list.
There were a lot of gifts purchased for my kids and nieces and nephews, but there was not anything on my list for Jesus.
How could I have forgotten Jesus on His birthday?
I guess it is easy to do. I mean, after all, Santa and Elf on the Shelf get the majority of our cultures attention and time this holiday season.
I can’t help but wonder if we, as a society, have gotten so engrossed into the commercialism of Christmas, that we have forgotten about the real reason we celebrate Christmas?
Have we forgotten to remember that Christmas is Jesus’ birthday, and not ours?
Usually at a birthday party, we celebrate the birthday boy. And yet, Christmas is become more and more about celebrating each other through gifts and time with family and friends.
Don’t get me wrong, sharing this Christmas season with loved ones and getting presents for little ones is a pure joy and treasure! I love seeing children’s eyes light up when they get a gift they have been dreaming about!
But, should there be more?
With all my heart, I believe that YES there should be!
Inviting Jesus to Christmas
Even though Christmas is right on our door steps, it is not too late to invite Jesus to Christmas! I have some easy and practical ways you can invite Him into your hearts and home this holiday season.
- On the days leading up to Christmas, read the story of Jesus’ birth. Read it slowly and stop several times to talk or reflect upon what is happening on that special day. The Christmas story can be found in Luke 2.
- To get the kids involved, hide your nativity set throughout your house and ask the kids to find all the pieces. Once all the pieces are found, ask each child to act out the Christmas story.
- Share Jesus with your kids and loved ones through sponsorships and donations. There are so many charities and organizations that are desperately seeking funding to continue ministering to those in need. Isaiah 1:17 says, “Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.” Is there an organization that you could donate your money to this Christmas season? Here is a small list of organizations that are near and dear to my heart: God’s Littlest Angels, Compassion, World Vision, and Show Hope.
- Along with your financial dollars, how can you make yourself and/or your family available to donate your time to Jesus this Christmas season? Feed My Starving Children, hosting a food drive for your local food shelf, and visiting your local nursing home are all good ideas of being God’s hands and feet.
Dear friends, let’s not get so caught up into the commercialism of Christmas that we forget to slow down and breathe in the REAL reason for this season.
Let’s make this Christmas the year we invite Jesus to the party!
What ideas do you have to invite Jesus into your hearts and homes this year? I would love to hear them! Send me your ideas and pictures!
Praying You Through,