The rate of change as we enter 2020 is increasing at unprecedented levels, which can put more pressure on us during an already busy Christmas season.
When I begin to feel the stress of life creeping in, I take some time to unplug and press into the revelation and example found in the life of Jesus, our perfect model. His life was filled with much of the busyness and pressures we experience, but He was able to know, understand, and focus on the assignments before Him.
Activities Versus Assignments
There are many activities that may be good things to fill my day, but are they the assignments God has provided for me? I recently read a great book by John Bevere, “Good or God?”, which has challenged me to ensure my activities are aligned with the assignments God has placed before me. In the fast-paced society in which we live, this can be difficult to discern. In my life, this pursuit has led me to realize that this level of discernment is only possible through God’s Word, the power of the Holy Spirit, and an intimate relationship with Christ.
This was modeled by Jesus in John 5:19, “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” If Jesus had to spend time with the Father to understand His assignments for the day, then it would be foolish for me to think I can fulfill my assignments through my own strength. We are told in Zachariah 4:6, “So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.” There are many activities competing for our time and money that if I don’t work to “keep the main thing the main thing,” I can turn into a Scrooge and miss the joy of the Christmas season.
Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing
My wonderful wife transforms our home into a winter wonderland and invests the time to make sure each person has the perfect gift. Each year we prepare a Christmas Eve food marathon with family that many anticipate throughout the year. These are wonderful memories as we keep the focus on why we celebrate and not just get caught up in the glitter of the season.
The celebration of Christ should be the focus of any follower of Jesus as He stated in John 14:21, “Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” As we enter this Christmas season, let us remember that celebrating is done all throughout the year with grateful and obedient hearts as we apply the teachings of Jesus in every area of our lives. As we do this, we shine the light in a dark world.
Be the Light
I heard someone say that, as Christians, we should not complain about the darkness around us because darkness is the absence of light. Therefore, if we are experiencing darkness, we need to be the light to dispel the darkness. Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:14-16, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
This Christmas season, let us be the light the world needs as we celebrate the greatest gift provided to the human race: Jesus.
We love and appreciate each of you and thank God for the journey He has provided for C3 in 2019. We look forward to His continued work in 2020 and wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!
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Jamie Jordan is the State Director for the South Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce (SC-C3). His passion is to see unity and excellence exhibited within the Christian community. Jamie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.