“She will give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus [He Saves], because he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21 GWT).
The purpose of the arrival of God’s Son from heaven to this planet was to redeem, pardon, forgive, sanctify and cleanse us from all sin. No matter what else you gain in life, or how much dollars you spend this festive season, if you have not yet received Jesus into your hearts, everything else is a complete waste. The message of Christmas is love. God loved us so much that He gave to us His only begotten Son. Can this message of love penetrate through us if we live with anger and unforgiving nature? I intend to lead my beloved readers not to the merry making of Christmas but to a whole new way of life, a life which is God’s dream about us, full of mercy, love and forgiveness, which we can receive if we have a close communion with our Risen Lord Jesus Christ.
Our God is a God of forgiveness. Sure enough we who call ourselves Christians ought to reflect God’s nature in this world of darkness, sin and hatred. But from where do we get such an attitude and mindset? Only when you have an intimate relationship with Christ can you become such a kind of person. Just being born again is not enough, you need to grow daily to the likeness and nature of Christ. Though it is true that the moment we received Christ into our hearts, we became a whole new creation, our new life in Christ has to grow day by day to Spiritual maturity or Christlikeness.
And what is the way we can grow spiritually? There are three main aspects of Christian life: Obedience to God, Fellowship with God and Sharing the Gospel. And again there are three main aspects of Spiritual growth: Prayer, which is the backbone of Christianity; Bible reading and Worship. If you have these things, you can grow in your relationship with God. Now when you develop as a Christian, you can have the same mind as Christ Jesus and be able to love and forgive others. Christianity is not instant transformation but it is a gradual, step by step process which needs a lot of patience in our part too.
Now let me say something to some of my readers who feel guilty that they have not yet become perfect. Do you feel that because of your wrongs and evils God is angry at you and that He will be pleased only if you become perfect in holiness? No, God is not looking at what you have done but He is looking at what you can precisely become if you beg for His forgiveness and if you commit your faults and submit to do His will. God is patient with you; He understands you completely and deeply. The only thing you need to do is to surrender yourselves to Him and allow Him to mould you and shape you as per His plan, purpose and divine will.
Such a transformed life is what God desired when He sent His Son Jesus into this world. And you are a part of that plan. No one is exempt. We are not designed by our Creator to live on our own, but to trust and depend on Him completely for our whole life. And the best part of God’s plan is that it alone can give us fullness of joy. Gifts and presents only give us temporary enjoyment but union with God through Christ Jesus gives us true eternal joy. Have a joyful Christmas season.