Consumerism is taking hold of our society. The holidays have become a "season" of spending, greed, and meaningless activity. Yes, I know there's the beauty of family get-togethers and the joy of sharing in special Christmas traditions, but in the light of eternity and the essence of true Christianity, is the Christmas "season" really what glorifies Jesus and celebrates His coming?
I think He feels forgotten. Although His name may be plastered on billboard signs reading, "Jesus is the reason for the season," He Himself is still neglected in the midst of endless presents, cookies, and decorative parties. Christmas has little to do with Him, it's but the semblance of a pagan holiday we've conformed our religion to embed within its many self-serving ritualistic functions. If Jesus were the reason for the season, most families wouldn't go broke this time of year and churches would be crammed full instead of shopping malls. I think Jesus feels very, very forgotten.
I know we don't mean to forget Him. We do our best to keep our gaze on the humility of His birth and the sacrifice He made for our salvation, but nonetheless, the present opposing current of our age and mindset of our culture makes it difficult for most believers to keep Him as first place. It's understandable. He understands. A faint smile crosses His face as He sees our simple attempts to lift up His name during this season. He sees us sending Christmas cards that tell of His birth or giving gifts to the poor who have no means to buy presents for their kids. He enjoys and delights in these things.
But I think He still feels lonely. Endless lines wind their way throughout endless stores. Starbucks is full, Wal-Mart is packed, Santa is exhausted, and there's still endless more shoppers coming and going. Restaurants are busy, advertisements are steady, deals and savings are too good to pass by. And there sits Jesus all alone, with no one found waiting to stand in His line. For what does He offer that these material pleasures cannot give? And why stand in line to see Jesus-isn't Sunday reserved for Him?
Thus He sits there quietly; He doesn't utter a complaint. He doesn't advertise or promote Himself in any way. He holds open His hand and He whispers gently to man, "I gave the greatest gift to be given when I bled on that tree. Will you receive it and share it freely with all humanity? Stand in My line if you desire true life; it's the only gift you will find that is offered free of price. Stand in My line and fellowship with Me; I'm longing for friends. Will you take the time to get to know Me?"
Which line are we standing in?
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