Family gatherings come with a mixed bag of emotions.
On one hand, great food and beverages as friends and loved ones gather to catch up on all of the past year and to celebrate.
On the other hand, for some, it is an opportunity to once again be reminded that they really haven’t changed in the past year(s).
We talk about and identify ourselves (and others) by what happened eighteen or twenty years ago. We use terms like ‘felon’ or “divorced” or drug addict” or “alcoholic” or…
We seemed fixated on keeping people stuck with who they were; instead of seeing each other (and ourselves) for who we are today; this Christmas.
The Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Corinth that he was determined not to know anyone in the flesh.
“So, we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now!” (2 Corinthians 5:16 NLT)
The Christmas message tells us that God’s grace is greater than our sin. The sin issue was settled at the cross on which was hung Jesus Christ. That is the gift that we celebrate on Christmas day.
The Christmas message has not changed in over 2000 years; God is still with us. And that is what the people who will be spending their Christmas gatherings with us NEED to hear! And some one has to tell them; perhaps you?
We need to be grateful for all that God has bestowed upon us.
This is a day to rejoice!
If Jesus was going to go to the family gatherings, He would be rejoicing and sharing love!
Jesus knows the Father’s love! Jesus knows the Christmas message!
We as Believers also need to love as though we know this message, instead of looking as though we hate being with our families because ‘they aren’t saved’.
We need to let our lives show that we know the One who died for all sinners and rejoice and laugh and love those whom we are spending time with (see Romans 12:9-21).
This year, let each of us make a commitment to receive each other for who we are today and sit down and hear each other’s stories about what they did this week; as well as what they did this past year.
Let’s give each other a break from our past!
I know we all could use that!
This Christmas is a great time to be ‘mission-centered’ and reach out to those in our world. We are all called to be ambassadors as though God were pleading through us (2 Corinthians 5:20).
My prayer is that God will show each one of us how and to whom He would like us to reach out this Christmas.
Jesus is the reason for the season.