Christmas opponents may be glad that the hubbub of the season has passed. But for those who love Christ 365 days a year, Christmas continues ad infinitum as we quietly worship the One who came to us over 2000 years ago. You can’t silence the hope that lives within the heart of every believer. You can silence the Christmas songs from the radio and sentence the decorations to discount racks, but Jesus is here to stay.
Now, you and I both know that Christmas trees, shiny window lights and Jingle Bell Rock don’t embody the message of Christmas—Jesus does. So, as I put away my decorations for another year, I think I’ll leave one symbol of Christ to remind me of the One who will come again.
Jesus, present from eternity, came as the infant Messiah who became our Savior. And, He will keep His promise to come again, this time as Lord and King. He came to set us free to live abundantly without fear—in bold confidence and forgiveness rather than condemnation.
Once you meet the Creator of all things and the Lover of your soul, you can’t pretend He doesn’t exist. You don’t want to! He settles in as LORD and gives life to all who come to know Him. He lights the fire in our spirit that no one can extinguish.
So, as we usher in the New Year, what do you hope to accomplish in light of living the message of Christmas?
Take risks to love and be loved – live boldly without fear
Be transparent so others will see Christ in me despite my failings
To reach for higher goals like writing a book and speaking more often to groups
Get involved so I step out of my comfort zone
Living the message of Christmas means not taking my relationships for granted, especially with God. He bought me with His blood, and I owe Him my life in return—a life lived for His glory.
So, my word 2014 is Intentional
I will live in bold confidence because of Who He is—the Great I AM.
What are your hopes for the New Year? Do you have a word or a Scripture to focus on in 2014?
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