We all have a list of things to get done before this Sunday. It may include work deadlines, buying gifts, or preparing the house before everyone arrives. All very important to do’s, but there are two critical things you must do before Christmas…
1. Stay Focused on Christ
Luke 2:10-11 – … the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
When the angels announced to the shepherds the birth of Christ, they did it with “great joy”. In other words, their Christmas celebration was possible because they were solely centered on Jesus! This is a good reminder to all of us during this busy time of year. With so many things to do, you can actually miss the whole purpose of celebrating Christmas. That’s right, it isn’t about a season, holiday, or party, it’s about Jesus! So as you stay focused on Jesus, your Christmas will not only be more meaningful, but your celebration will be less stressful and more joyful.
Here is one suggestion that will help you stay focused on Jesus this week. Follow this daily scripture reading leading up to Christmas:
Tuesday: Luke 1:26-38
Wednesday: Matthew 1:18-25
Thursday: John 3:16-21
Friday: 1 John 4:9-16
Saturday: Philippians 2:1-11
Sunday: 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13
2. Reflect on Your Salvation
It is also important to note the reason the angels were celebrating… For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. The celebration wasn’t just about a baby Jesus, it was about Jesus being a savior and coming to save us from our sin (see my blog post, Hell No). This is what makes it a “Merry” Christmas for every Christian. But if we lose sight of that truth, we can actually miss this and fall into the trappings of an anxiety-filled busy season.
One way that has helped me to reflect on my salvation this Christmas is to remember how it happened. It is always encouraging to think back to the time when you first heard the Gospel and how you ultimately gave your life to the Lord. It is also encouraging to remember how God changed your life and made you a new person in Christ. When you reflect back to the day you got saved, you are really reflecting back to your own personal Christmas story and its purpose! So spend a little time each day reflecting back and thank God for His love, mercy, and forgiveness for you. This kind of reflection can also take place when you sit around the Christmas tree and exchange gifts with family and friends. Let it be a reminder that you have received God’s ultimate gift of eternal life, which is definitely worth celebrating! (John 3:16)
As you step into these “Two Must Do’s Before Christmas”, you will find that your celebration is much more centered and joyful. It will also help prevent those anxiety-filled days that often occur when Jesus isn’t at the top of your list.