All the running around, planning, gift buying, traveling, and other craziness during the Christmas season makes it very hard to slow down and remember that Christmas is all about the birth of Jesus. Most people’s busy lifestyles don’t allow them to spend a lot of time focusing on this. But, I don’t think one has to spent a lot of time in order to put Christ back into Christmas.
Here are 3 Steps to putting Christ back into Christmas
1. Honor Christ through service/commitment
I believe the first and most important way to put Christ back into Christmas is to find your ministry and serve Christ. This is something that all Christians should do year round, but the Christmas Advent season is a great time to make a commitment and start going back to Church or to serve in other ways.
2. On Christmas Day and/or Christmas Eve do this:
Sing Happy Birthday – We sing the happy birthday song to almost everyone else on their birthdays, why not for Jesus? You may even want to decorate the Christmas dinner cake or dessert in His honor.
Write a Thank You Note – Take just a few minutes and sit down with your children and have them write a list of why they are thankful Jesus was born. Then, share your lists with each other and use them when time to pray for dinner.
Read Matthew 5, 6, & 7 – Take a few minutes and read what is commonly called the “Christian Faith’s Magna Charta” which celebrates Jesus’ birth and what he taught in life. This will help you and your family focus on Jesus’ message of love, compassion, and service.
3. Do this Every Day:
Talk with Jesus – Talking with Jesus doesn’t mean you have to be kneeling next to your bed or bowing at a table. Talking with Jesus is something that we can do all the time. However, during the Christmas season, we should spend a little more time talking to Him and remembering his birth and sacrifice.
Pray for Someone Else – Again, something that Christians should do year-round, but during Christmas it is especially important. Identify someone who really needs prayer and call upon Jesus to heal them physically, mentally, economically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Be a witness – The best way we can put Christ back into Christmas is through sharing the good news of the Savior. If there is any time during the year to be a good witness for Christ, it is during Christmas!
Please join the Good Fight for the Faith by sharing this message with others.
by James Apple Jr.