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Commitment and Christmas Time

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Christmas time is upon us and I can’t help but take this time to reflect back on the wonderful year God has given me.

It’s a beautiful time of the year for family to come together and for blessings to be counted.

I would say that Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday. I find myself getting emotional thinking of God’s goodness through His mercy and His blessings.

I get overwhelmed thinking that God chose to send His precious Son to this world for us, fully knowing the outcome at hand. Jesus would be despised and rejected by so many. He would give His life for all yet many would choose to turn their lives away from Him.

It breaks my heart.

Yet… God still gave.

What love we have been given through the life of Jesus Christ.

I can’t imagine giving one of my children for anyone’s life. Yet to think God willingly chose to do so. As a parent, my heart just can’t imagine choosing this. It shows the infinite love that God has for us, His children.

Whenever I read the Christmas story, I find my mind wandering to how Joseph and Mary must have been feeling that day. I love to think about the anticipation that must have been running through Mary’s heart as she knew she would give birth to the Savior of the world.

Being a parent myself, I remember feeling so much excitement and joy as we were waiting for the arrival of all of our precious babies. But, as proud as I am of my four children, I can’t imagine the way Mary must have felt to know her son was coming to save a lost and dying world. To know that God chose her to bare Jesus. What an honor.

When most children have a list of things they would love to be when they grow up, she knew what he would be; a Savior.

My Savior.

I can’t imagine where my life would be without Jesus Christ as a part of it, but the sad shame is, so many do not truly know just what He gave. Or maybe they do know and choose not to care.

That my friends, breaks my heart.

I think about Mary going house to house as she struggled through contractions, and door after door, she was turned away. I imagined she feared for her son. I’m sure she was scared.

No one had room, yet she labored and gave birth to Jesus among the animals. What a meek and lowly birth that prepared the way for our Savior.

I’m sure God’s heart broke as He watched His Son be born into a world that was already turning Him away, yet God knew what was to come.

For He is the One who wrote this beautiful story.

Jesus went on to live a perfect life and die for us because He loves us, Because God loves us.

What. Love.

John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

During a time when families come together to celebrate this Christmas season, for so many families, Christ is the farthest thing from their thoughts.

They need to know the love of God. They need to feel His strength and peace and grace.

Yet traditions overshadow the true meaning of Christmas, and Jesus is forgotten yet another day of the year.

So, as this Christmas season approaches, we have a job to do.

As Christians, we need to show Christ through our lives.

The light of Christ is in us and we just need to let it shine.

Our testimony’s will speak louder than anything else we say.

We can remind this world of the true meaning of Christmas.

It is our job. We are responsible.

So this Christmas, how are you making Christ first in your life? What are you doing to spread God’s word?

My precious Husband preached a few weeks ago and during his message he asked this question.

Are you content in your Christian life or are you committed?

I want to be committed to Christ.

I have such a job to do; helping to spread the Gospel to a lost and dying world.

During a season when we celebrate Jesus Christ, I want other’s to see Christ in me.

This world needs Jesus Christ, for that is why the Lord sent Him to us.

Let’s decide today to stop being content in our Christian walk and start being committed to Jesus Christ.

It’s the least we can do for all He’s done for us. 🙂

Merry Christmas to you!

God is so good!

Much love,

Natalie

Ps 37:5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

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One thought on “Commitment and Christmas Time

  1. Content or committed… that’s a great thought. Thank you for sharing your heart! 🙂

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