Be Spiritually Awake This Christmas
I can’t believe it’s only 5 days till Christmas! It’s so easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of the holiday preparations, that we forget to prepare our hearts for what really matters: Jesus. The sense of expectancy and joy is a very real blessing that comes with the season, as we not only rejoice over Jesus’ first coming, we renew our desire for His second coming.
“So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told to them.” - Luke 2:16-20
Notice how Mary took a step back in the midst of this incredible, miraculous moment and pondered it in her heart. The intimate connection she had with her baby boy, Jesus, was so pure that she remembered this precious moment, as a moment of God’s faithfulness to her. Through taking a step back and enabling God’s presence to overwhelm her, Mary doesn’t get caught up in the busyness but rather soaks up what really matters: her beautiful baby Jesus.
Yet, this Christmas the Lord invites us to take a step back from all the festivities and to ponder on the Birth of Jesus. God knocks on our hearts and desires for us to open up to Him, so that He may satisfy our physical and spiritual needs, offering us fruits of joy and peace in our lives.
It never ceases to amaze me how the King of Kings entered the world on the verge of poverty. Through meditating on the birth of Jesus, it made me realise that we’re called to detach from the world and fix our eyes not on what is earthly, but what is heavenly. It’s about detaching ourselves from the earthly materialism that seems to be central to Christmas and becoming poor in spirit, as we offer ourselves completely to the Lord, knowing that He will provide for our needs.
Let us be thankful that God sent His only Son to redeem us and set us free, so that we may have the gift of salvation. For it is a gift which exceeds the worth and joy of any tangible gift one could ever offer us.
“I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take away your crown.” - Revelation 3:11
In the Book of Revelation, we’re reminded that we need to be spiritually awake because the Coming of the Lord will be like a thief in the night. The Christmas season is a gentle reminder of the second coming of Christ and it invites us to pursue God more and more with a sincere heart. It’s about allowing the Lord to cleanse us, as we seek Him with a truly repentant heart.
“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne.” – Revelation 3:20-21
The truth is you are royalty, joint-heirs with Christ, so don't let anyone attack your identity as a child of God but stand firm in faith knowing that you are entitled to your Father's inheritance. Living every day like it was your last, rather than trying to figure out when the day is, is one way to prepare for the end times. So, be vigilant and seek to glorify God wholeheartedly, for only a few will enter through the narrow gate. Are you part of the Inn crowd or are you one of the Stable few?
Let us ask the Lord to illuminate us and to change us more and more into the image of His Son. Know that every ounce of effort you put forth in God’s name is making a deposit in eternity. The enemy will attempt to discourage you and cloud your mind with doubt. But have hope, that all those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ will experience the fullness of joy in His presence soon to come…
So, this Christmas when Christ comes will he find a warm heart?