After His birth, Jesus grew and became strong in the Lord. God filled Him with wisdom and grace. He was about the Father’s business. What about you? Do we not grow in the natural after birth? How much more spiritually? God desires to fill you with wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of Him. Progress, promotion, purpose awaits you! I implore you to want more of Christ. I challenge you to make every effort to spend more time with God. I encourage you to search the Scriptures and allow God to write His Word on your heart. You will never be the same when you give yourself totally to God. Walk a little further, dive a little deeper, and fly a little higher. In other words, just do what Jesus did!
Look at the example of an eighty four year old prophetess and widow (Luke 2:36-38). Anna worshipped God, fasted, and prayed all night and all day in the temple. Wow! When she saw baby Jesus, she began praising and thanking God. Afterwards, she continued to speak about Him to everyone who was looking for redemption from the Messiah. Do you know anyone who Jesus can convert through His blood? Now is not the time to stop worshipping, fasting, praying, praising, and thanking God! On the contrary, now is the time to spurs others on. Encourage others to meet with other believers in the presence of God. Continue to speak of Jesus wherever you go. Let your conversation always be about the goodness and grace of our Lord Jesus.
Mary and Joseph presented Jesus to the Lord eight days after He was born. They prepared for a time of consecration and purification. Shall we not do the same? Jesus has come and will come again. Shall we be like Simeon who continued to hope, wait, expect, and praise God? Moved by the Spirit of God, Simeon went into the temple courts. Allow the Holy Spirit to lead, guide, direct, instruct, and teach you. Keep your eyes open and see what God sees. Keep your ears open to hear His voice. Consecrate and purify your hearts before the Lord. Let God renew a right spirit in you because the time has come when Jesus will reveal the thoughts of all our hearts.
Today we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Christ (Messiah, the Anointed One), Lord of lords, King of kings, Son of God, and Son of Man! Is Christ the centerpiece of your Christmas? Though Jesus was born meek and mild, He came full of grace and truth. He pardons yesterday’s sin, provides strength for today, and hope for tomorrow. Great is His faithfulness! Jesus is the light of the world and came that you may have and enjoy life in abundance, to the full until it overflows! God proved His love by giving His greatest gift. I pray that you perceive and receive His unconditional and eternal love. Forget the things of the past and press toward what is ahead. In this upcoming year, apprehend God’s purposes, plans, and promises and Lord willing, I will see you there! Merry Christmas!