For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. —John 3:16 NKJV
I have noticed that whenever there is a feast or a celebration in the Bible, people would gather. Christmas is no different; it is the time for people to come together to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Some people start the day by going to church to worship before going home, while others spend the entire day celebrating at home.
The interesting thing is that you can have all the food in the world but if you do not have people to celebrate with, the celebration is incomplete. So, truly, what makes Christmas are the people. This is in line with the fact that the person being celebrated—Jesus—is a people’s person. His life on earth was aimed at restoring people to God.
Unfortunately, Christmas period can be a sad time for some people who may feel lonely, because they have no one to celebrate with. If you donot have anyone, then look for someone to celebrate with. You can offer to help others by going to the hospital to pray for someone, inviting someone over to your house etc. Such acts are what the true spirit of Christmas is all about – sharing the love of God with people. Make Christmas significant for someone other than yourself.
The Random Altruist on YouTube decided to go to the streets to ask homeless people what they wanted for Christmas and the responses were amazing. They included prayers for world peace; for everyone to be happy; for frosted flakes; for gift certificate for food, pants, black sweatshirts etc. Their expressions, when the gifts were delivered, were priceless. Meeting their requests did not cost so much in comparison to the joy they expressed on receiving the gifts. Let God use you to bring such joy to someone this season.
Put aside all the differences that you may have against others, share the love of God and be thankful that God has kept you from the beginning of the year till now.
I have heard of people who are happy that they have their families and money to celebrate but they have a constant fear that something bad might happen to them. Do not be afraid, God is with you. He will keep and preserve you. You will see 2015 in Jesus’ name. None of your family members will be missing by 2015.
Christmas is also the time for introspection and reflection. Did I meet the goals I set in January? If I did not, what caused those lapses? How can I improve next year? And if I met my goals, what was done to get the results I got? How can I improve on them so that I can make more impact next year? You may even be asking: has my spiritual life improved this year? Or where is the favour that was announced at the beginning of the year? If you find yourself asking this last question, I assure you that the fact that you are still alive means that you have been favoured and you will still experience favour. Do not give up!
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