A Christmas Devotion

I read a wonderful devotion From Pastor Pete Briscoe, from Telling the Truth Ministry, today regarding Christmas.  I have posted it for your learning and enjoyment.  God Bless.

Matt

“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more.” —Dr. Seuss (1904-1991), From How the Grinch Stole Christmas

For hundreds of years, the world has been in a culture war for possession of Christmas Day. It’s worth noting that December 25 was originally an ancient pagan holiday in northern Scandinavia. The sun completely disappeared during those winter months, and they thought that if they threw a really good party, the sun would be inclined to return in the spring. For thousands of years it seemed to work pretty well so we kept it up. The truth is, we really don’t know the date of Christ’s birth, yet atheists, Christians, humanists, and polytheists all seem to find new things to fight about every year about who owns this day—and the only ones who really seem to be winning are the big box retailers!

Maybe all the bickering is misguided. I think my dad puts things in an interesting perspective:

“The spirit of Christmas needs to be superseded by the Spirit of Christ. The spirit of Christmas is annual; the Spirit of Christ is eternal. The spirit of Christmas is sentimental; the Spirit of Christ is supernatural. The spirit of Christmas is a human product; the Spirit of Christ is a divine person. That makes all the difference in the world.” —Stuart Briscoe

As important as Christmas is to many of us as a holiday, shouldn’t it pale in comparison to who Christ is in us every day?!

Father, give me the wisdom to choose my battles wisely. Above all things, may the eternal, supernatural, divine Spirit of Your Son, Jesus Christ, overwhelmingly supersede the annual, sentimental, human spirit of Christmas. Amen.
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3 Responses to A Christmas Devotion

  1. Carole Eldredge says:

    Hey Matt! Remember me?! Leave it to us Scandinavians to “twist” the birth of Christ to a pagan party! Good thing there are German-Italians around to set us straight!(insert winking face here)….Fortunately my nuclear Scandinavian family gave up the pagan party years ago. I think it had something to do with a miss- spelling on a Christmas present my dad bought for the whole family. He innocently and inadvertantly wrote on the tag: “To whoever wants it from Satan”. This is a true story! We still laugh about it every year. And you thought I would write something profound….hugs to Michelle.
    Carole Eldredge – Isaiah 9:6-7
    PS – Awesome blog, glad I found it! It’s now being read in Indonesia.
    John 15:5

    John 15:5

  2. “As important as Christmas is to many of us as a holiday, shouldn’t it pale in comparison to who Christ is in us every day?!”

    This is an important point! I pray with my family that we will experience this everyday.
    Steve Leurquin

  3. Matt,

    Arguing, arguing is what we as people seem to do best. Right or wrong we seem to love to argue. Arguing about Christmas or Christ it seems will always be an argument. But in each person’s end of life the debate will end and the truth will be revealed. Eternity seems such a foolish thing to argue about when salvation is a free gift to us as the price has been paid and the argument settled. We get to choose.

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