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Jesus is the reason…

Posted by on Dec 25, 2007 in discipleship | 3 comments

So, it’s Christmas Day.

If you believe that this is the most holy day of the year, then I have a request of you. Please remember that Jesus is the reason for you to live every day – he’s not simply a slogan to tack on to your life on Christmas Day. Celebrate this day as unto the Lord. Also, remember your brothers and sisters who choose to view all days as equally holy. They also celebrate all days as unto the Lord.

If you believe that Christmas Day should not be celebrated as the most holy day of the year, then I have a request of you. Please remember that Jesus is the reason for you to live every day – including today. You do not have an excuse to be unkind or ungenerous simply because you do not choose to celebrate Christmas Day. Celebrate this day, as all days, unto the Lord. Also, remember your brothers and sisters who choose to view this day as special. They also celebrate this day as unto the Lord.

Even the hearts and minds of unbelievers are turned toward God and spiritual things during this time. Look for opportunities to speak of God’s grace and truth to those who need to hear.

Live today for the glory of God. Love him and love those around you. Serve the people that God brings across your path. Serve them before they can serve you. Accept those who are different. Be patient with those who are less mature. Follow those who are more mature. Walk in Spirit. When you come together with your brothers and sisters in Christ, seek to build them up, to stir up love and good works within them, and to mature them in Christ Jesus.

Have a Merry Christmas!


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  1. 12-25-2007

    Alan ~ Thanks for the reminder! Merry Christmas!

  2. 12-26-2007

    A Blessed and Merry Christmas to you and your family, Alan!
    Great post! What a wonderful reminder of the importance of Christmas to all believers (no matter when or if they choose to celebrate a particular day).
    I know a family that has been torn apart by on segment’s refusal to celebrate Christmas or Easter because they consider them remnants of pagan holidays. As a result, those who live in the freedom to enjoy these special times of remembrance in the Lord are ostracized. The dissenters, of course, view themselves are more spiritual because they have moved on from these practices.
    The “celebrators” use the opportunity to build relationships with others…while their brother and his family isolate themselves.
    How sad.
    Kat

  3. 12-26-2007

    Glenn,

    Thank you. And a Merry Christmas to you as well.

    Kat,

    Isn’t it amazing what we allow to separate us from our brothers and sisters in Christ?

    -Alan