During this Advent season we are presented with many opportunities to acknowledge Christ and share the meaning and reason we are in such a celebratory mood. Often times these opportunities fly by and we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of what everyone else is doing. Jesus becomes the last thing we are thinking about as we are concerned about buying the right gifts, hosting the best party, or serving the grandest meal.
“And I say to you, anyone who acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God, but whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God. –Luke 12:8-9 (CSB)
Denying Jesus during this season isn’t something we purposely do. Or is it? How about when we hope our co-workers or friends won’t discover we are a Christian. Or the amazing way we can make ourselves blend into society and accept the culture’s non-Christian values during our very Christian season of Christmas. The one I most often see myself and others perform with excellence is to just be silent about my relationship with Jesus Christ and go with the flow of Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and the ever popular Grinch. Denying Christ during this season is dangerous and we put ourselves in a very delicate position by doing so as Christians. Especially when we are supposed to be celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ the Savior of the world.
We would do better to take advantage of the opportunity we are presented during these four weeks of Advent each year and acknowledge Jesus for who He is. Our Savior! We can do this easily and in so many ways. We just have to recognize what we are doing.
Lets start with just living Christ honoring lives. How about if we check our attitude at the door when shopping and show a little kindness to those around us. Smile and greet people with a simple Merry Christmas. We can also look for opportunities to share Jesus with others. Instead of getting ticked off because the checker is taking to long or the person in front of you is being difficult how about drumming up a conversation with person behind you and talking about what we are really celebrating right now. Jesus!
Another thing we can do is show some love and concern for the lonely and disheartened. Last week I shared this Tweet concerning this topic:
“Please remember that this season of shopping and cheer is not great for everyone. For many it is a season of torment. Anxiety, depression, and loneliness become larger than life. Pray and love on these folks as they enter your life in the days to come.”
Consider that for moment. People all around us are searching for love and care. Jesus commands us to “Love our neighbor as ourself.” Who is your neighbor? All those people around you each and every day. As Matthew West calls these people in his song “Broken Things”. The beggars, rebels, prodigals, humble, weak, misfit heroes, sinners just like me.
Carrying out the desires of our Savior Jesus Christ is the least we can do during this season of celebration. After all, if He were not born there would be no celebration at all.
Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to people he favors! –Luke 2:14 (CSB)