The Greatest Gift - Lizzie Weichel
The Christmas season is definitely one of my favorites, if not my favorite time of year. I love the weather, and the lights and all of the festivities. But, during this season, it is so easy to forget the reason why we celebrate. I know that I and many others fall into the habit of saying phrases like “Keep Christ in Christmas” or “Jesus is the Reason for the Season”, but then don’t give them a second thought. I found myself thinking of practical ways this week that we could keep Christ on the forefront of our minds this Christmas.
One of my favorite things to do is to create a Christmas list, and then open presents. James 1:17 says that “every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” This means that while the gifts that we unwrap on Christmas day may seem awesome, nothing compares to the gifts of the Father, especially the gift of His son, who sacrificed everything in order to save us. Each time that I see a present wrapped under a tree, or being given to someone this season, I will remind myself that God is the only giver of perfect gifts.
The other way that I will remind myself to focus on the Lord this advent season is to remember why Jesus came. John 3:17 says that “God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” Christ did not come to this world so that we could have an excuse to get together with family, open presents, and eat good food. He came so that He could save us. While it is fun to do all these things, it is more important to remember this holiday in an attitude of humility, one of understanding what Jesus did for us by coming down from perfect harmony with God to ultimately die on a cross for us. Instead of focusing on the business this Christmas, may we focus on Him who came in utter humility so that He could ultimately save us through His death on the cross.
The Christmas season is such a busy time of the year. I can often find myself getting caught up in distractions that are not necessarily bad things. However, my prayer this Christmas season is that we do not get caught up in these distractions and forget that God is perfect and holy. He is the one who gives us perfect gifts from above, and ultimately gave us the perfect gift in His Son. May we also always be remembering that Christ came into this earth as a lowly baby, so that He could save us from our sins. That is the reason we celebrate this holiday with the joy, worship, and gratitude that we do.
McKinney Christian Academy