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Topic: The Reason for the Season of Christmas (12/04/08)
TITLE: Let's Share the Reason
By cathy nethercutt
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I do suppose that, being the good Christians that we are, we know the reason for the season of Christmas. After all, it is one of the most fundamental parts of our “religion”.
At least, we know it in our minds. But, is it really in our hearts? Just what do we act out with our lives? Yes, we give our non-perishables to make baskets of food for the needy…a good thing to do to show the love of Christ. But, do we forget that the very souls of men are, in fact, ultimately perishable? How much more we should be careful to show the world the Truth this Christmas.
It seems that more of the world-view of Christmas has rubbed off on us when we should be modeling the truth that Christ is the gift of Christmas. I realized when it began to look like there would not be enough money for gifts this year that my view of the reason for the season had shifted. Of course I want to give to my children, but how does that honor Christ? Why does it have to be for “Christmas”? I give to my children all the time. What I should be doing is giving the world the message that the birth of the Messiah began His journey to the cross, where He would redeem us back to fellowship with God.
How do we show the unsaved their need of a Savior by decorating a tree in our houses, eating until we are ill, lavishing too-expensive gifts on our families, being ill-tempered in shopping lines and traffic? “‘Tis the season, after all. True, in giving food and gifts to the needy, we are sharing the goodwill of the season, showing them we care. What about the wealthy…how do we share Christ with them?
This Christmas, I am going to try and weed out some of the “traditions” of Christmas that I have practiced in the past and try to start some “new” traditions. Instead of the dry, “Merry Christmas” I might have muttered in the past…I’m going to try and just share the fact that I’m thankful for the Savior, and see if I can’t muster a heart-felt smile. I am going to try and model some of the grace and mercy that God allowed us, when those irritating circumstances come up. What decorations I have will speak in some way of the birth of the Savior, not a man in a red suit. Instead of making a huge meal and being overindulgent, I am going to fix a nice, more normal, healthier meal. I am going to spend more time in prayer…first, for myself…then for those that need to know the Reason for the season. And, I suppose to be effective, it’s going to have to last all year. Funny, instead of dreading things like I thought I would, I’m beginning to get excited that this is the season that I have an open door to share the gospel. This season, let’s share the Reason.
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