I have a question for you:
In this holiday season, what’s got you wrapped up? Is it the hustle and bustle of shopping, or even the anxiety of what to buy? Is it the flustered state you get in trying to prepare the house for parties and visiting family?
What has got you wrapped up?
Take a second and stop.
Spend time with God. Be in His Word. Talk to Him in prayer.
The only thing you should allow yourself to be wrapped up in is Him – His truth, His peace, His strength, His love, His grace. Ignore the ads on TV and the billboards you pass on the way to work and the promotions you receive in mail – reflect on Christ.
I’m learning what Advent means this year and I urge you to do the same; anticipate Him and not the 25th. Be still and dwell in His goodness. Be more consumed by His Word and eagerness to read it and be with Him than trying to catch the next sale.
“Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides You.” Psalm 73:25 ESV
It’s easy to get consumed by what the world has made this holiday out to be. Christmas decorations and ads start coming out in September, pushing you to buy this and that with every single sale that’s put on. As December draws closer and the year draws to an end, you cannot avoid the hype. Our culture that caters to self, one that is greedy and obsessed with materialism, has turned what is a sacred time for believers into a money-making business.
Christmas isn’t about the wrapping paper and gift bags, the Pinterest perfect decorated house and ideal holiday parties, the excessive gifts given and received – it’s about Christ. It’s about Him giving His life. It’s about Him coming down to us in the most humble way possible to live a life displaying His love, forgiveness, and compassion for us.
Don’t forget the true reason why this time of the year exists. December 25th isn’t for a fat, old man with a beard wearing a red suit to come down your chimney. It isn’t for lights and decor galore, for ugly sweaters, pine trees, and even family traditions. It’s a day chosen for all Jesus followers to celebrate and reflect on Christ coming down to us in His perfectly selfless, loving, kind, and divine self.
Choose to get wrapped up in God this holiday season by anticipating His coming, reading and dwelling on the truth of Scripture, and letting Him be your source of joy and fulfillment, not some item under your tree or in your stocking.