The month of December has always been a particular month for Christians – at least, for those who are from the Western part and tradition of the Church. It always reminds us of the incarnation, the coming of our great Lord and Savior in human flesh. Churches are preparing to celebrate that anniversary event with pomp and splendor.
For some this Christmas will be absolutely different from what they’ve ever experienced. For others it will be their first celebration of the birth of Jesus since they’ve just surrendered their lives to Christ.
Christmas reminds us that God made our salvation practical. He loved us not with words alone but in dwelling among us. He loved us in truth and in action. He came to bring salvation, transform lives and heal the broken. He deserves our worship.
As we do celebrate Him, let us be mindful of Christ. Paul says “make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5, HCSB). The New Life Version puts it this way “think as Christ Jesus thought”. The context of this passage is that of joy, consolation, love, encouragement, fellowship and humility, to name but these.
Let’s ponder on the following questions:
- Am I filled with the mind of Christ?
- Is my joy true and not fake?
- Is my love sincere and not hypocritical?
- Is my fellowship with my brothers in Christ good and not broken?
- Is my service to Christ selfless and humble?
God bless you!
President, Premier, Dictator, or King are titles given in nations to indicate who has the most authority. Though it always has limits, at a human and national level their authority is beyond comprehension for almost all of us. But the most powerful of these rulers is less than a fly compared to the authority of Jesus.
Jesus says, “All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me,” (Matt. 28:18). This is total, absolute authority. There is none to compare. No nation, collection of nations or the most powerful rulers of all of history can compete with Jesus’ authority. This is true as well, of Satan and all of his followers whose defeat is already accomplished and destruction certain.
It is in this context that Jesus says, “As you go, make disciples of all peoples …” (Matt. 28:19-20) This is what motivates us and gives us authority to follow Him and His mandates in our world and around the world.
In light of Jesus’ authority, ask yourself, “What is holding me back?” “What does He want me to do?”
This week, those in the US pause to celebrate a holiday called Thanksgiving (Thursday Nov. 24). In our family, we gather to have a feast of turkey and other traditional foods. It is always a special time to be with family and reflect on all our blessings.
Take a moment to thank the Father for who He is.
Thank Him for His goodness, faithfulness, mercy, grace and love.
Thank Him for what He has done for you.
Thank Him for your family.
Thank Him for your fellow believers in your community.
What are some other areas or people for whom you can thank Him?
Let us give thanks to the Lord.
Today I will only share some verses from Matthew 24.
Please ponder these before the Lord.
For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. (v. 27)
But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. (v. 36)
For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man…and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. (vs. 37 & 39)
Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. (v. 42)
Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. (v. 44)
Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. (v. 45-46)