Celebrate your best Christmas ever
“Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.’
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.’ So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.
When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told” (New International Version, 1984, Luke 2:13-20).
Each day since well before Thanksgiving I receive multiple emails urging me to celebrate Christmas by taking advantage of some special discount being presented.
There is a better way to celebrate Christmas. Have you thought of the daily witnessing specials you have each day until Christmas? Even stronger than Easter, Christmas is the best time of the year to celebrate Immanuel, God with us, through the incarnation of Jesus Christ.
Yes, Christmastime can be stressful. Buying presents, visiting relatives, running up expenses and dealing with unrealistic expectations. Have you ever said at the end of a Christmas season, “I am going to do things different next year”?
Please accept my challenge to make this your best Christmas ever by celebrating Christ’s birth through the following actions:
- Develop or review your spiritual story to make sure you really understand and have personally experienced the Messiah
- Become familiar with a gospel tract so that you can quickly and easily present the gift of salvation that Christ’s birth offers (and be able to leave the message behind for further consideration)
- Write down a list of friends and family that you are not sure have a personal relationship with the Savior and bathe them in prayer during this season
- Plan activities with family and friends that highlight the reason for the season
- Serve others in the name of Jesus
- Invite family and friends to Christmas services
- Arrange for your family to give gifts to others instead of each other
- Read the Christmas story from Luke 2 before presents are opened
- Use Christian Christmas Cards with a clear gospel message
Celebrate Immanuel this Christmas by making Him central in all that you say and do. Show God’s grace to others with kindness and patience during this stressful season.