This is a time of year when all Christians should really be rejoicing. Thank God for Thanksgiving time and Christmas, a time when we can look up to the Lord and really be thankful for the blessings he’s given us over the last year, and for the blessings coming in the new year. It’s a time when we can speak about our Lord and the fact that he came to Earth and was born in Bethlehem. I know there are many Christians who fuss about whether or not to observe Christmas; I’m not one of them.
It’s a time when I can go around singing Joy to the World! It gives us the opportunity to speak to others of our Saviour Jesus Christ. Many people complain about the holidays. Many other people give different reasons for the holidays other than what they’re really about. Take Thanksgiving for instance; this should be a daily holiday for the Christian, being thankful for what Jesus Christ has done for us on the cross. Our praises should be double this time of year. In Colossians 1:20 the Bible says “And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.” Seeing then that we are reconciled to God, who is for us, who can be against us? And shouldn’t we Christians set the example during the holidays, being a joyful people, as those who are risen with Christ?
With so many distractions I can understand how people forget to count their blessings. But, if we continue in the word of God and rely upon the Holy Spirit, then we can better appreciate the blessings that God has allowed to flow into our lives. Renewing a right spirit within us, and creating a new heart within us; preparing us as a people ready to tell the world of our glorious Saviour.
Who couldn’t be thankful that knows the Lord? Who couldn’t rejoice when people speak of the real Christmas, of Jesus’ birth, God manifest in the flesh? I can and I will!
So, as you find yourself in the midst of all the holiday hustle and bustle, count your many blessings, name them one by one – and it will surprise you what the Lord has done!
May God richly bless you,