RECEIVE AND CELEBRATE THE GIFT.


This past Sunday’s message title was, “I’m Preparing Room.” The scripture focus was Matthew 2:1-12 NKJV. My pastor talked about the preparations that were made to receive Jesus, our Saviour. The wise men from the east brought their offerings to receive the promised Messiah. Mary and Joseph prepared the stable for Jesus’ arrival. Mary prepared her heart to receive the promised “Son of God”. He asked the question, “What are you doing to prepare for Christ?”

As I listened and pondered his question, my thoughts went to what the season is meant to be. The church uses this time of year to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Son of God. God loves mankind so much that He was willing to send His Son to take on flesh and blood and experiance our weaknesses. Then to give himself as the final sacrifice in order to redeem us to himself. This ultimate gift should be celebrated and appreciated. According to Matthew 1:21 Jesus was born to save his people from their sins. According to Luke 2:13-14 an angel was joined by a vast host of others-the armies of heaven-praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” Peace arrived to earth.

I thought about how prevalent the spirit of depression is during this time. When the earth should be celebrating the arrival of peace and joy, through the birth of the Messiah, many are depressed and despairing of life. We have an enemy who seeks to kill, steal, and destroy. He seeks to kill our joy, steal our peace, and destroy our hope.

I felt challanged by the Lord, through my pastor. When it’s our birthday we expect others to celebrate our day not make it about them. Don’t attend my birthday party and get upset because we’re not celebrating you.

Christmas is not about my expections being met. Gifts being given to me. Only spending time with the people I like. Christmas is about me making room in my life and my heart for Jesus. Get rid of the things that are distracting me from spending time with the Lord. Not just asking and seeking but also listening and obeying. Get rid of the things in my heart and the thoughts in my mind that are preventing me from reflecting my Saviour to the world.

What do you need to do to make room for the Messiah? Do you need to get rid of some relationships? Do you need to renew your mind so your actions/words reflect your Saviour? Decide to not make this Christmas about you but the gift God has offered.

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