How can we treasure Christ this
Christmas? Here are a few practical ideas.
Repent of your Christlessness this Christmas season. Repent of your uncanny propensity to be
preoccupied with everything else on your to-do list but the treasuring of Jesus
Christ above all else.
2) Look to Christ.
Look to Christ in worship. When you play those Christmas songs in
the background or when you hear them on the radio or while you are shopping,
think on the words, and as long as you’re not in in a store, belt those tunes out
to the Living God. Worship
Him. Sing to Him. Dwell on the theology of the words we
Look to Christ in prayer. Transform the sentimentalism of
Christmas to prayer. Every time
you are awed by a house beautifully decorated for Christmas… or repulsed by a
lawn filled with countless inflatables… let it draw you to pray. Praise God that the good news of
Christmas is so beautiful that we attempt to beautify our homes. Pray for the souls of the people whose
lawn is hidden beneath inflatables, that the good news of Christmas would
triumph in their hearts. When you
drink that peppermint mocha, praise God that He gave Christ so you wouldn’t
have to drink the bitter cup of death.
When you see that impeccably wrapped present you can’t stand to unwrap,
praise God that He gave the most perfect offering in the gift of His righteous
Look to Christ as you read your Bible. Don’t just
take a break from the book of Life. Re-read the gospels. Read slowly over each of the scenes in
the gospel that account for the birth of Christ. Look up the Old Testament prophesies about the coming of
Christ and see how they are fulfilled in the New Testament.
3) Share the good news.
Think of one person in your life who
doesn’t know the gospel and ask the Lord how you can get out of your little
world—your family and friends and celebrations--and somehow demonstrate radical
gospel love to that person. It
could be as simple as a hand-written Christmas card sharing your testimony
about Christ and inviting them to come to church with you. It could be as radical as calling them
up and asking them out for coffee because you want to confess that you haven’t
ever shared with them the best news in the whole world.
4) Evaluate your Christmas traditions.
ever stopped to ask yourself why you do what you do? Should you even do what you do? If your pre-Christmas traditions and preparations were to be
evaluated by an unbeliever, would they see or hear the good news of the
gospel? Take time to think about
your family traditions. Read up on
the history of some of the traditions and know why you do them so you can
explain the Christ-honoring significance to your children.
Whatever you do this Christmas, treasure Christ above all
else. He is everything. In everything, may He have the