“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.” Luke 1: 46b – 55; ESV
For the last several years, I have heard people say, mostly believers, that they are upset about how the “world” is trying to take Christ out of Christmas. They complain about how the term “Happy Holidays” has replaced the term “Merry Christmas”, how more shows remove the Christ element and has more secular emphasis on it. Why are you so upset about it?
Is this coming from a pastor? Have I lost my mind and soul? Before I am judged and convicted, please do a little self-reflection. By the end of this article, you will have second thoughts.
Why bother fighting for keeping Christ in Christmas when we don’t keep Him in our hearts? Should we be upset when a church closes on Christmas when we close ourselves to His calling on our lives? Why bother coming to a Christmas service when we refuse to come worship His the rest of the year? Why bother giving gifts at Christmas when we don’t give the rest of the year? Should there be peace on earth during Christmas and not the other days of the year?
It sounds so cold and heartless, but truth sometimes is that way. Why should Christians desire this things only at Christmas time? If it is just for the tradition’s sake, forget about it. Jesus Christ isn’t someone you can take out like a Christmas tree and display Him over the holiday and then put Him back in storage until you need Him next time. Jesus’s gift of forgiveness, eternal life, and unconditional love is for every day and every moment of life. His love is not an ornament that we decorate with; it is what brings us true peace. God gave us His all through Jesus, and yet we take both He and God for granted.
Friends, two things we must remember: 1) If Jesus Christ IS in your heart and life; that He is your Savior and Lord, NO ONE can ever remove Christ from Christmas (or any time of year). 2) If we are not worshipping Him, loving Him, desiring Him, adoring Him and seeking Him every day and all year long, why bother just at Christmas time? Just like we want to be loved by Him year ‘round (and we are!), Jesus desires and DESERVES to have the same! But you know this already, right?
Because life is so busy, because we tend to see the darkness around us more than the light, because there is great evil abounding, it might be easy to lose sight of the Light of Life. We can make all kinds of justifications and excuses for not seeking Christ above all. However, it remains that: excuses. We can never reason why Christ shouldn’t be part of our everyday life. And to be honest with you, we shouldn’t even entertain such thoughts! If you really want Christ in Christmas, keep Him in your life every day.
I chose this Scripture because it shows Mary’s joy of being used by God. Look closely to the word picture she paints for us! Put yourself in her shoes for a moment… ever wished you could behold the Son of God’s presence in your life like Mary? Want to feel Him move within you and make you find joy of His life in yours? Wouldn’t it be awesome to think that because of you allowing the life of Christ to reside within you, that someone else will be closer to God, find comfort in His arms, and to be delivered from their prisons? It can happen… if you allow it.
Are you battling for Christ or are you battling Christ? This is a real tough question and one that many struggle to answer. Many of us go through this year ‘round. What would you like your answer to be? Even pastors and church leaders need to be reminded from time to time just who God is and what He is capable to do. We are not supermen; we are just men (and women) who know where to get their strength from: Jesus Christ.
Why bother battling for keeping Christ in Christmas? Because if He is in your heart, that’s reason enough.
Thank You for Your precious gift of Christ. May we honor, cherish and worship Him year ‘round and may He know how special He is to us. Let His light shine in us that others would want to keep Christ not only in Christmas, but in their lives forever. In Jesus’ holy Name, Amen