But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.—–Luke 2:10-11
As time go on, it seems that between Thanksgiving and Christmas things get busier and busier every year. Everyone is busy putting up decorations, buying gifts, racing from here and there, all just to make it a “Merry Christmas”. In churches, people are preparing for the upcoming Christmas Eve services and everything that surrounds them. Others are also trying to finish up any loose ends from work and things that they have wanted to get done to prepare for the new year. With all of these things going on, and many more, it is a wonder how we can get anything done; let alone keep our focus on why we celebrate Christmas each year.
For those in the church, Christmas and Easter are often looked at as being the biggest days of the year. Many people pour into churches and for some this may be one of the few times they actually go and hear about Jesus. Much time, energy, and resources are spent preparing, planning, and implementing these programs and events with the hopes that people will truly come to faith. But I wonder if even despite good motives of pointing people to Jesus that through everything the real reason of celebrating Christmas gets overshadowed by all our efforts.
I wonder if we simply took the time to invest in those individuals and families around us and invite others into our homes to talk about Christmas and our Savior coming into the world, if we would have greater effect in seeing people putting their faith into the Lord. I also wonder if we made as much effort as we do on Christmas and Easter throughout the rest of the year, if we would see even more people come to faith. I say all of this, not to condemn those that invest a lot into their church’s Christmas events, but as I have noticed even in my own life, it is easy this time of year to put the Lord on the back-burner and lose sight of reflecting on this “good news of great joy”.
My hope for each of us is that we wouldn’t let all the things going on around us overshadow us from spending time reflecting and talking with others about the reason we celebrate Christmas. I also hope that even after Christmas, we would continue our efforts to spend time with the Lord daily, in His Word and in prayer, as well as reaching out to others with the Good News. We have so much to be thankful for and especially as we celebrate the greatest gift of all, Jesus coming into the world as our Savior!!