Christmas is a time to spend with your families…it’s a time when we all sit back and analyze our lives. We reflect on family members that pass on, we reflect on family and friends, and we reflect on our lives as a whole. A number of people use their Christmas cards to send mass letters to update family and friends on their lives over the past 12 months. We use Christmas to reflect on a majority of things, but due to the commercialization of Christmas, are we forgetting to reflect on the reason we celebrate all together?
Christmas in many cases has become about that perfect present, the perfect tree, and the perfect light show…but with all the hustle and bustle…where is the Perfect Son in all of this? With all the hoopla around Christmas these days, are we making time for Jesus? I can remember when I was younger seeing signs everywhere that said, “Jesus is the Reason for the Season.” Now, those signs have faded into the background; those signs have been replaced by signs that read, “70% off”, “Buy one, get one Free”, and “Financing Available”.
Why have we let the materialism of Christmas override the Reason we celebrate? Why have we seemingly become like Peter in his denial of Christ, by taking Christ out of Christmas? What was so hard when Jesus was the Center of our Christmas Experience? What has changed?
We can blame it on a number of things…but it all comes down to one thing…YOU and I! We need to refocus our Christmas; we need to refocus our lives…we need to refocus on Jesus. Not just for December 25, but everyday of our lives…if our day revolved around Christ as the centerpiece, our Christmas would revolve around the reason we celebrate. Everyday should be CHRISTmas … Everyday we should celebrate the birth of our Lord.
Everyday we should be thankful for the love of a Father who would send his Son to this world with a plan for salvation. God looked at the world, saw OUR sin, and knew there was only ONE way to save us from ourselves…JESUS CHRIST! This Christmas, remember your focus…remember the reason…remember Christ this CHRISTmas.