“Then she (Mary) gave birth to her firstborn Son (Jesus), and she wrapped Him snugly in cloth and laid Him in a feeding trough – because there was no room for them at the inn.” (Luke 2:7 HCSB)
The fulfillment of the prophecy of the birth of Jesus Christ has come to completion. Now there is hope for mankind. Had Jesus not come to this earth, we all would have perished forever. Even before man became a sinner, God had, because of His foreknowledge, decided to send Jesus, His Son, to this world, in order to save those who believe in His Son. Though we had gone astray from the purpose and presence of God, He never gave up on us. He has redeemed us from all iniquity.
The birth of Jesus Christ gives us tremendous joy. God’s only Begotten Son, living His early days on earth in a manger, is an irrefutable evidence of His humility. As for us, we only know to complain whenever we are in dearth of something. Jesus Christ could have been born in a palace, but He chose the other way. Now, after showing us an example, He calls us to follow His path of humility. He taught us that fine living is not essential, what is vital is that we live a life of love, humility, sacrifice and service.
But when are we going to put this into practice? We are crazy after luxuries and modern amenities. We do not want to sacrifice any of our belongings. We only want to enjoy. Hardly do we identify that everything that we decide and do on this earth has eternal implications. Paul exhorts in 1Timothy 6:6-10: “Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.” (ESV) This scripture passage is clear to understand and needs no explanation.
The greed for more wealth and worldly possessions deprive us of the thirst and hunger for divine supernatural experiences, the joy and peace that we can only receive from Christ. Riches never give us joy. A close study of the rich in society will reveal the fact that they too are in tension, fear and anxiety. If you are well outside, it does not truly give you inner peace and joy. But when you become humble as a child and accept Jesus as your personal Savior, He will give you His peace, enabling you to live an abundant life of fruitful contentment.
But, you may ask, what is the use of living such a life? We all agree that we need many things to live happily. But I stated earlier that all things that we experience on this earth, this temporary life, have eternal implications. The way we spent and used our resources on earth determines our eternity. If we lived only for ourselves, using everything for our own good, we have no chance to reach heaven. Look at what Jesus says in Matthew 6:19-21 and Luke 12:33, 34: “Don’t store up treasures on earth! Moths and rust can destroy them, and thieves can break in and steal them. Instead, store up your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy them, and thieves cannot break in and steal them. Your heart will always be where your treasure is.” (CEV)
So, the answer is, keep your hearts (your focus and priority) in heaven. We may or may not have all the luxuries this world has to offer, but we have an eternal everlasting enjoyment in heaven! From the most blessed place, which we so fondly call “heaven”, came down the Son of God to this humble earth, to give us a peaceful life amidst world’s troubles and also an eternal life in heaven with no sorrow or shortage of any good thing, where we all will live happily ever after. Indeed we may lack many things in this world, but we have one thing the rich don’t have, the blessing of abiding in Christ and being a fruitful Christian. Let us pursue what lasts forever and live a life of peace and contentment.