The Wonder of Christmas
Have you lost the wonder of Christmas? Do you remember a time when you were far more focused on the true meaning of Christmas but now your priorities have gotten a bit out of order?
The glitz and glamour from the media portray all the images of the perfect trees, table settings and tons of gifts, can cause you to think you must have all these things, but do you really?
My friend, stop and consider how you’re spending time this Christmas season. I understand it’s hard to say, “no” to some things you’ve been doing for many years. Consider what you can leave out, and what you can put back in that’s truly meaningful. Be sure you’re spending family time in prayer, in Bible study, or singing Christmas carols together. Do whatever it takes to put Christ back in your Christmas.
Maybe you’re alone. Maybe you don’t have children or grandchildren, and these are difficult days for you. Prayerfully seek the Lord about how He wants you to spend these days. Usually you won’t have to look very far to see those who are less fortunate. Many are just trying to find shelter and a meal from a soup kitchen. Consider how you can serve others. Helping others often helps depression.
Think of this as a gift you are giving Christ this Christmas. Have you thought about it that way? Ask God what He would like from you. You will be amazed at what He might lead you to do. It may cause you to get out of your comfort zone, but if God is prompting you to do it, in the end you will be blessed. Step out and step up to a new way of celebrating.
And why are we talking about giving Christ a gift? What is Christmas all about? It’s about salvation. It’s about God keeping His covenant promise and giving us His Son so that we could be His people. Before the world tarnished Christmas, it was the day we recounted God’s incredible and incomprehensible love. It was the day we thanked Him for sending His Son to be made flesh so that He could die in our place for our sins and offer us absolute forgiveness and the sure promise of eternal life.
Spend some time today thinking about Luke 1:68-79:
“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people, and has raised up a horn of salvation for us…salvation from our enemies, and from the hand of all who hate us;…to grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all our days…To give His people the knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, with which the Sunrise from on high will visit us, to shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
Oh, Beloved, please know you are precious to God, He has you in the palm of His hands. Never forget the incomprehensible miracle of the incarnation: God the Son took on human nature and was born into this world. This truly is the wonder of Christmas.
May the Lord wrap His loving arms around you this Christmas.
More precious to me than any other gift is the joyous news of salvation through Your Son. Thank You, Lord God, for Your blessed gift of redemption. Out of gratitude for Your loving sacrifice, I commit myself to serving You in holiness and righteousness all the days of my life.
Give a gift that makes an eternal difference!
Kay Arthur’s exciting, practical approach to the Scriptures has influenced thousands to use the Precept™ Inductive Bible Study Method in their personal studies. Her distinguished Christian character, Bible teaching, championing of biblical literacy, and national radio and television programs motivate others to discover truth for themselves. Kay’s passion is for people to be established in God’s Word.
At the age of 29, a divorced mother of two working as a nurse, Kay called in sick to the hospital where she was working because she was sick at heart, sick over the life of sin she had been living. She had a religion but did not possess a relationship with God. On the morning of July 16, 1963, she fell on her knees as a sinner and rose as pure and whole in the Lord’s sight. “For ‘Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved’” Romans 10:13, (NASB). “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NASB). She hungered and thirsted for the Word of truth and began studying the Bible. Her relationship with the Lord and scriptural findings turned her sorrows into joy and her mourning into laughter.
God’s love poured down upon her in 1965 when she married a missionary with the Pocket Testament League named Jack Arthur. Together they served as missionaries in Mexico for three and a half years until health issues led them back to the States. In Chattanooga, Tennessee, Jack began managing a Christian radio station, and Kay began a teen Bible study. Though the study started as a small gathering in the living room of the couple’s home, it soon grew from teens to college students to adults. From the beginning of the gatherings Kay and Jack’s deepest desire was to establish people in God’s Word. They founded a ministry in 1970 that became Precept Ministries International where they served, Jack as President and Kay as Executive Vice President, later as Co-CEOs, until February 2012 when they stepped down and their son David became President and CEO.
Kay is the teacher and host of Precepts for Life, a daily television, radio, and online program which takes the student through the Bible book-by-book, verse-by-verse using the Inductive Bible Study Method. Precepts for Life™ TV and Radio reaches more than 75 million households each day in more than 30 countries, while the online program is available to almost everyone on the planet.
Kay currently resides in Tennessee.