On this Christmas Day, are you humble? Do you truly consider what this celebration is about?
I see so many people who call themselves Christian that go around with an arrogant attitude of “owning” God, people who treat God as their own little pet deity, to provide to their whims and superficial needs. That just begs a bigger question, which gospel have they heard? Is it the insipid post-modernist feel-good pretend gospel so prevalent today? It surely cannot be anything but that, where people are getting inflated opinions of their own power in relation to God.
Let’s be clear…Christmas is a time for celebration, but it needs to be a time of humility, more than anything. Because, dear friend, the Almighty eternal Creator humbled Himself. He set aside His “almightyness” in the face of His love, and became one of us. He sacrificed a part of Himself so that we may have the opportunity to know Him, through that love. Yet we deem fit to be arrogant and puffed up Christians, who think that God’s love entitles us to have Him at our beck and call.
Today, understand the incredible magnitude of what Christmas really means. This was the day that God sent Jesus on a mission that had but one outcome, a humiliating and painful death and the hands of evil men. It had to be done so that we may live, and we need to understand the cost, not indulge in vain celebrations.
Be humble, and understand the solemness of the occasion. Celebrate the birth of Christ with the dignity it deserves.
1Pe 5:5 …Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
1Pe 5:6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,
1Pe 5:7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
1Pe 5:8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
1Pe 5:9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.
1Pe 5:10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
1Pe 5:11 To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.