With Christmas upon us, we’ve all seen the bumper stickers, billboards and t-shirts calling us to “keep Christ in Christmas.” It’s an honest plea for us to remember that Jesus is the real reason for the season, and Christmas should be the time to celebrate His birth.
Personally, I don’t believe keeping Him in Christmas is as much as an issue as we’d like to believe. He seems to be right where we left him; in a box, wrapped tightly in bubble wrap, next to the hand crafted snowmen. Celebrating the life of Jesus should be common practice in our everyday lives, not an activity destined for one day out of the year.
If we truly believe the story of God incarnate, born of a virgin, come to save us all, then people: Instead of keeping Christ in Christmas this year, let’s let Him out. This is a call for Christians to no longer hold Jesus captive, only to be spoken about during the month of December. We must begin to ask ourselves if the Christmas story we are clinging to, has infiltrated our lives enough to change us permanently, not just seasonally.
The story of Jesus is so worthy, so breathtaking, so real. I challenge you to ask yourself a few questions that might help you to evaluate whether Jesus is stuck in your Christmas box:
“Do I really believe Jesus is who He says He is?”
“Does my life look like His?”
“Am I living an empowered life through the Holy Spirit?”
“Does His will invade every aspect of my life?”
“Do I believe I am who He says I am?”
If you’re struggling to answer these, or realizing that you’re not where you want to be, don’t be discouraged! That just means it’s time to dig in and get to know this Jesus we’ve all been talking about! He promises us this: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7)
As the Christmas season inevitably comes to a close, I encourage you to take Jesus with you. I promise you will not be disappointed, it is simply the greatest gift one could receive.
“And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.” 1 Corinthians 2:1-5)