It is hard to believe we are just weeks away from Christmas and ushering in a new year. The holidays for some can be full of excitement, laughter, and enjoyment. For others, the mere thought of Christmas approaching overwhelms the heart. Instead of joy, many are battling depression, loneliness, and emptiness. Instead of hope, many of you are fighting feelings of despair.
I want to challenge each of you to keep your eyes upon the Star just like the Magi did. Jesus Christ is the Star we are to be following. He will be the bright Light to lead us down the path of righteousness for His name’s sake.
No matter if you are embracing the holidays with joy and anticipation, or if you are dreading and resisting the holidays, one thing is for sure – When we keep our focus on Him, He keeps all things in perspective. He is the One who keeps us in balance during the Christmas season.
Each one of us will be challenged to remain focused. It is very easy to become distracted with all the Christmas preparations of cooking meals, purchasing gifts, attending parties, etc., that we lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas. From the other perspective, we can become very introverted in our thoughts and can be consumed with hopelessness and despair. In either case, if we are not careful, we can become disjointed in our relationship with God during this time. Everything else, including our self-centered hearts, becomes the priority versus Jesus Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords being our number one priority.
So during this Christmas holiday season, let’s follow the example of the Magi.
Matthew 2:1-2 “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”
The Magi pursued the star. We too need to pursue Jesus Christ, the Bright Morning Star and Light. We cannot allow distractions of the world to interfere with our relationship with Him. Too often during the Christmas season, we can become so absorbed in the ways of the world that we lose our focus on the true meaning of Christmas. Contrary to what the world believes, I often say, Jesus is not seasonal. He desires an intimate relationship with you all year round, yet too many times, we put Him on the back burner because our priorities are skewed. It’s not about what we have, or the decorations, or gifts.
The true meaning of Christmas is all about giving the gift of love. Love is not a feeling but an action, and it is intentional. God the Father gave the world the greatest gift to all mankind when He sent His son, Jesus, to be born. He who is love came to give love to each and every one of us.
Lastly, the Magi appeared before King Herod with a purpose in mind. They wanted to find the one who has been born king of the Jews so they could worship him. We too must be intentional. Love is intentional. Worshipping from the heart is intentional. When everything around us is competing for our time and attention, we must be deliberate in keeping our priorities. God is to be our priority. He desires for us to love Him with all of our being.
Mark 12:30 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”
So as we enter into the Christmas season, keep your eyes fixed on the Light. In doing so, His Bright Light will help keep things in perspective. When darkness tries to encompass you, He who is Light, will shine His Light upon your hearts filling you with His joy, hope, peace and love for in Him there is no darkness at all. (1 John 1:5)
Now may the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, shine His face upon you and be gracious to you; may the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace. (Numbers 6:25-26)
From our hearts to yours, we want to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Melissa and Ron