This is a golly time of the year for everyone. There is much shopping and excitement in the air. The period globally has become synonymous with laughter, joy and happiness. Enemies sheath their swords. Old wrongs are forgiven. Friends and families meet to feast together. Bright lights are hung all around. Many other decorations are put up. Of course there is the ubiquitous Christmas tree. Selecting the most appropriate Christmas tree and decorating it are pastimes that each family relishes.
The spirit of the season is filtered down to the children. They immediately feel the joy of the season. They ensure they are on their best behaviour. As they are reminded that Santa Clause will be carrying presents for those who are nice. Naughty ones will receive coals. If you live in the Austria, Slovenia, and Croatia and other Nordic countries then jolly old St. Nick will send his little helper for you. His real elves, the Krampus, will come and whip, torment and scare only the naughty children. In Jamaica we have the Junkanoo. During the times of slavery it was used to mimic, ridicule and curse their slave masters. Small bands now carry on the tradition. They are used as entertainment which is intended to frighten the children. I had nightmares as a child after watching them. Now with sorcery and witchcraft, aliens and horror movies becoming a regular part of children entertainment their effect on the psyche of the children is far less. However, the impact should not be overlooked.
There are many other traditions that have become intermingled with the celebration of Christmas. Most are driven by the heavy commercialisation. Saints must be aware of those aspects that do not give God glory and refrain from participating. Most importantly the innocence of the children must be guarded. They must be made aware of the reason for the season and the corrupting influence of many of the current practises.
We should celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. It is important to bring it into remembrance. Angels and shepherds celebrated this joyous occasion (Luke 2:8-20). All the prophets, from Adam to those alive before His coming saw and rejoice at God’s plans to redeem mankind. However, we must ensure that we are separated from the pagan rituals that are associated with this season. Before you accept something, ask yourself this question.
“Does it give God glory?”
“Is Jesus Christ glorified in this?”
“If He is not, I implore you to abstain.”
Love of Christ is enmity with the world (1 John 2:15-16). It does not mean we hate others. We are commanded to love our neighbor (Mark 12:31). There was no qualification put on the love. It does not mean that we must be accepting of anything that goes counter to the command of God. We must not be afraid to “come out…and be… separate”.
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
2 Corinthians 6:17 (KJV)
Last year the Lord spoke to me about the symbolism of a Christmas tree and how we unknowingly worship it.
Be blessed everyone! Enjoy the season. This is not the time when our Lord was born. Yes Jesus was not born on December 25. Despite that, setting aside a date to refresh our memory about his birth is important. It must be used as a time to reflect on our walk with Him. Remembering that He died is even more important but we make the benefit of his death non-effective if we ignore the reason He came.
Give Heaven a reason to celebrate. Use the time to reflect on your walk with Him. Is it lukewarm or dead? Please I beg you! Make a decision to be on fire for God. If it is already hot ask Him to enlarge your territory; to give you more souls. To establish you as His weapon of mass destruction against Satan.
Make these your stocking stuffers. Instead of decorating the chimney, door, roof and lawn with lights and wreaths, apply the blood over your home. Put it up on the door post. Place it on your children, on your children’s children, and on their children down to many generations.
Be the light in the world. You are called to show the good works of God. Works that were created for you before the very foundation of the earth.
14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a peck measure, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.
Give the gift that keeps on giving to co-workers, friends and family. Give them the good news of the Kingdom. Jesus came to set them free!