I had several thoughts when pondering what I would write for my “Christmas Verse and Message.” I have received some beautiful writings from an assortment of friends that I also considered sending, and you may see one before the week is up. However, I couldn’t help but reflect on a particular message I wrote a couple of years ago. As everyone is in a hurry to wrap up work details and clock-out for the Christmas experience, I believe the message below sums up what we need to consider as we consider the Christ Child.
She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped Him snugly in strips of cloth and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the village inn.
I have a lot of friends who are expecting babies. They are either pregnant preparing to deliver, or they are in the adoption process preparing for the phone call and details. When a baby is born so much takes place. If a couple has a dwelling place for two, then they have to figure a way to add room for the new baby. A nursery is designed and prepared, showers and parties take place, and budgets and finances are reviewed and reorganized. Life does not continue on as usual. The new child not only changes schedules and arrangements, the baby changes everything. Nothing is ever the same, once the new bundle of joy arrives.
With the birth of Baby Jesus — the world changed….and was never to be the same again. With acceptance of the Savior in our hearts, everything changes…..and will never be the same again! He adds new dimensions to the
transformed life. He changes the way we perceive things. His presence as Lord of our life changes priorities and schedules. I found that with Christ in my life, my heart was re-arranged and my thoughts were transformed and my purpose for living became clear.
The inn could not make room for Joseph, Mary, and Baby Jesus……Have you made room for JESUS this Christmas? He’s the guest of honor for the most popular birthday party in history…..but will He be welcome? You may be saying….I celebrate the birth of Jesus, He’s Lord of my life….BUT have you shared the story with someone who doesn’t understand the significance of the BABY?
Instead of making our lives more complicated, He was born to set us free! I have heard it said that JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON….however, I read on a church sign a more applicable statement:
MAKE ROOM FOR THE BABY — THE ONLY WAY TO SALVATION!
THE GIFT IS NOT JUST TO KEEP–GIVE THE GIFT OF JESUS AWAY!
Throw a baby shower for Jesus in your Sunday School Class or Small Group. Each person share what gifts that he/she will give to Jesus in the coming year!
-Serving in some capacity for the Kingdom.
-Spending more time with the Savior.
-A commitment to tithe or add to your tithe or to give to missions.
-Practice taking hold of His Fruit so that you will be more like Him.
-A commitment to truly share the Gospel with the lost world —
with both words and actions!