I never ignored any of my children the day of their birthday parties. The planning and preparations were all done with the child in mind. The day of the party, he or she was the object of everyone’s attention.
Why then is it so easy to spend a month or more getting ready for the celebration only to miss spending time with Jesus at Christmas? Instead of celebrating Jesus’ descent to earth, we easily make the day about the festivities, traditions, and people we spend the day with.
It’s a temptation that touches us all. I help plan the worship services at my church. I’ve at times planned, practiced, and gone through the motions of the worship services only to miss the worship. I’ve scuttled everyone to church only to spend the service thinking about the meal I need to prepare or the gifts I still have to wrap. Too often I’ve heard about the shepherds and wise men bowing before Jesus without falling spiritually before my King.
My personal Bible study recently brought me to Psalm 105. The first four verses give us a good plan for making sure we don’t miss Jesus this Christmas. The God’s Word translation says this:
Give thanks to the LORD. Call on him. Make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him. Make music to praise him. Meditate on all the miracles he has performed. Brag about his holy name. Let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. Search for the LORD and his strength. Always seek his presence.
These verses are packed with commands. We are to pray, sing to God, talk about what he’s done, meditate on the miracles, rejoice in his works, and seek him.
There’s no way to miss Jesus if we’re doing these things. He’ll be front and center of our thoughts. Worshiping him won’t just be at church. We’ll seek him in our Bibles, our meditations, and our conversations.
Let’s not make the mistake of missing Christ this Christmas. It would’ve been easy for him to forget us. Instead he became Emmanuel—God with us—to prove we were foremost in his mind.
Who else would willingly leave glory to suffer for those beneath him?
On Christmas, let’s celebrate Jesus like people who know and appreciate that love.
Amber Albee Swenson is a writer, speaker, and blogger. Her husband and four children keep life exciting and give her lots to write and pray about. Mother, wife, and author are treasured positions, but child of God is her identity.
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