Today at Cowboy Fellowship we started a Bible reading plan to digest the entire New Testament in 49 days. We started our Bible reading challenge today with a message called “Why The Word” you might want to download it and give it a listen. For the next 49 days I plan to post a short blog that has something to do with the daily reading. You will find today’s post below. I know Christmas seems far away but it is actually right around the corner in just 50 days so this post is not as random as it may seem…
Matthew 2:11 NET As they came into the house and saw the child with Mary his mother, they bowed down and worshiped him. They opened their treasure boxes and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
I know Christmas for most of us is probably one of the last things we want to think about right now. After all, we need to get through Thanksgiving first. But the fact is, Christmas is right around the corner once again. For far too many, Christmas has become somewhat of a dreaded joyful experience. Sure we love the family, friends, presents, food, specials on TV, and the wonderful church productions, but the dread comes due to the business of Christmas. Seemingly endless trips to the store for one more gift, Christmas parties, pictures with Santa, cooking, making arrangements to travel, or receive those coming into town, and countless other things make Christmas one of the craziest times of the year.
This morning as I read this passage of scripture I wondered where it all went so wrong. The first Christmas seemed nothing like what we “celebrate” now. The one thing that really stuck out to me was what the wise men did when they found Jesus. It says they worshiped Him! This after all should be our first priority when it comes to the celebration of Christmas, yet most make it their last. We go to church “if we can” or “if I can get the rest of my family to go.” Worshiping Christ during the Christmas season should be our first priority rather than our last. Next, it says that they brought Jesus gifts. There was no gift exchange among everyone in attendance. The gifts were for Christ Jesus! When was the last time you gave Jesus something special for Christmas? Gold, frankincense, and myrrh were among some of the rarest and special things anyone could give to another. Perhaps our largest most precious gift this year should not be for our spouse, children, or even ourselves. Maybe our most precious gift this year should be set aside for Jesus Christ. This might be a monetary gift of significance to His church. It might mean that you dedicate two or three days to serving the homeless over Christmas in Jesus name rather than your own. Maybe it is something different, but whatever it is, make Jesus the focus of your gift. I believe that if we will make worship a priority, and if we will give Jesus our greatest gift this Christmas season, the world will be a better place and we will be better for it as well.