For many, the month of December has become a season of pressure. There are events to attend, gifts to purchase and decorations to display, all while family, work and life go on. However, as Christians we may need to slow down and be reminded that it is a time to highlight the greatest gift the world has ever known, the gift of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, the Son of God that takes away our sins and presents us blameless before our Heavenly Father. Now that is something to celebrate!
This great gift, the Good News or Gospel of Jesus has become minimized during this season as the world attempts to remove Christ from Christmas. The environment that has been created over the years for the Christmas season has removed many of the symbols that remind us of the reason we celebrate.
Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing
I love the Christmas season as my wonderful wife transforms our home into a winter wonderland and invests the time to make sure each person has the perfect gift and to prepare a Christmas Eve food marathon with family that many anticipate throughout the year. These are wonderful festivities as long 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 Jesus 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 Christ happens all throughout the year with grateful and obedient hearts as we apply the teachings of Jesus in every area of our lives.
How do we Celebrate Christ?
The external stimulation of celebrations and exciting events can pale in comparison to the still quiet celebrations that can occur as we are still and know that He is God, as David stated in Psalm 46:10. When we enter our day with the inner joy that is produced through the fruit of the Holy Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23, we can celebrate throughout the whole year with contagious joy, no matter what we may face. When we realize that all things are worship and offer them as our offerings, we can celebrate Christ throughout the year and reflect Him in every environment we may enter.
Let us be reflective this Christmas season of who Christ is and may we celebrate him in this season and throughout the year.
We love and appreciate each of you and thank God for the journey He has provided for C3 in 2017. We look forward to His continued work in 2018 and wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!
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 jjordan@Stravicom.com.