One of the most well known songs played during the month of December is called, "It's the most wonderful time of the year". Is this true? I guess you could say, "It depends." Depending on your personal experience with the holiday season that includes Thanksgiving and Christmas then your view of it could be wonderful or it could be dreadful to some degree. I want to share a few words with you about how you can guarantee it to in fact be the most wonderful time of the year.
A lot of the Christian life has to do with focus and where it is placed. We spend much time talking about how our focus needs to be on Christ and His righteousness. This is certainly true and I would submit that this is the exact recipe for Christmas becoming the most wonderful time of the year.
Just like any other time of the year if you place the focus on yourself and the ultimate goal is to please yourself then Christmas may seem to be wonderful at times or even for a season in everything that you get for yourself; but ultimately there will be no lasting joy in it.
While we should strive to be Christ-focused and servant minded all throughout the year, Christmas is a wonderful time to either begin the process or renew your committment to it. Start today and commit yourself to being void of self, be selfless, be a servant. Think of ways you can help others, think of ways to make someone else's Christmas be wonderful, because in that mindset you will find a joy that can't be found in any present or selfish goals.
Let Christ's example which we celebrate at Christmas be your guide. He didn't think of Himself or His perogatives as God, but willingly gave up His throne and took on human flesh to His deity and was born of the virgin Mary, and entered our world.
He grew up, lived out His earthly ministry and then was put on the cross to pay the penalty for sin for those that will believe in Him. His focus was singular, to do the will of the Father. Our focus should be singular, to do the will of our heavenly Father.
Don't feel like you have to start out big. A lot of the time our mistake is in thinking that we have to do 100% of everything we should have been doing all at once. This is an error in our thinking. What you should do is first repent for the time you spent off track and in sin, then commit to give Christ your all and start with something small.
It could be something very small like helping just one person.
It might be something a little bigger in donating money, or toys, or your time.
It could simply be something as simple as praying for those you know and taking time to think of them during this season.
You have the perfect opportunity in front of you because we have another Christmas season upon us. Do not let another one slip by you without making eternal decisions for Christ. Allow Him to work in and through you this season and shine the light of Christ to the world.