daily devotional

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14

Everyone loves a holiday. Right now, we are in that most wonderful time of the year when we enjoy the most celebrated holiday of them all – Christmas. Ninety-five percent of all Americans celebrate Christmas. But, do we really celebrate it in the right way and for the right reasons?

Nobody celebrates Christmas more enthusiastically than children. And yet, when you look at the fruit of the Christmas celebration in most of our homes, it makes you wonder what message we are sending them. One person put it this way, “More often than not, the trail of shredded paper in our living rooms is highlighted by broken, abandoned, and unappreciated toys. Far from being filled with the spirit of thankfulness for all that Christmas means, the children are grabby, crabby, sullen, and ungrateful for what they have received – precisely because they have received so much.”

I believe there is a right way to celebrate Christmas; and the scene I just described is not it! And yet, for many people – even followers of Christ – Christmas becomes centered on shopping, wrapping, cooking, and decorating. While all of these things are a part of this sacred celebration in our culture, they should not be the biggest, or most important, part.

Christmas is a story of hope and love that has been passed down from generation to generation for more than 2,000 years now. And the way we choose to celebrate it will determine how it is passed down in our families. What will our children treasure most? Will it be the fleeting pleasure of gifts soon forgotten, or the greatest and eternal gift of the Savior?

So, this Christmas, I challenge you to think about the Christmas legacy you are leaving in your family. May each gift that is purchased, each party that is attended, and each ornament that is hung be a celebration of Jesus – the Savior and King who was born to redeem us all.

Application: What Christmas legacy are you leaving?

Share

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

11Dec 2017

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.” Luke 2:8 For the first 300 years of Christianity Christmas was not celebrated. In an old inscription found in a list of Roman Bishops these words appear for AD 336: “25 Dec.: Natus Christus in Betleem Judeae.” Translated, it […]

08Dec 2017

“On coming to the house, they saw the child with His mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.” Matthew 2:11 Matthew 2:11 is the first time in Scripture we are told that Jesus was worshiped. Notice that Matthew made […]

07Dec 2017

“When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.” Matthew 2:10 The Word of God tells us that the wise men were filled with joy when they finally reached their destination. The journey had been long and difficult. Led only by a star and their faith in the prophecies of God, they had determined […]

06Dec 2017

“After listening to the King, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was.” Matthew 2:9 When the wise men first saw the star that led them to Jesus, they simply saw it rising. […]

05Dec 2017

“Where is the One who has been born King of the Jews? We saw the star when it rose and have come to worship Him.” Matthew 2:2 In most nativity scenes, you will find the presence of three wise men offering gifts to baby Jesus. Although they were never at the actual manger (their visit was […]

04Dec 2017

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 Everyone loves a holiday. Right now, we are in that most wonderful time of the year when we enjoy the most celebrated holiday of them […]