Archive for December, 2008
My brother is in the other room. He has been asked to speak at his church for the Christmas eve service, and you can tell its causing him to sweat :)
But I think hes on to something. His title for his message is “The beginning of the fulfillment of a promise.”
So many people look at Christmas as if it is what brought salvation, like the end of the story. This is so much less exciting than the truth.
To live was his last priority. To die was his first.
This Christmas, take time to realize, that we have been influenced by a secular society. Gifts, Cards, Tree’s, and candy have their place, yes. But what is the prime-product of the season?
I daresay that Santa may not even be the only thing in the way. Maybe even the cute baby Jesus in the manger, has caused us to forget about the blood stained, heart heavy, man of sorrows that took our judgment.
Have I devoted this time of year to the frenzy of x-mas? I cannot say that I have been as devout as I should have been. And I will not excuse myself. I owe Christ more than that.
I wish you a merry, and God blessed Christmas.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Upon reading this verse, are we tempted to assume that this salvation only applies to our next life? That we are here to pay a fee, in future hopes of freedom, joy, and holiness?
Why do we think that Christ’s main purpose was simply to provide safety from hell, rather than the sinfulness he was truly concerned about?
We as a people perish every day. We don’t need damnation in hell for that. Are you saved from your Lust, Pride, Anger, Greed, Doubt, Rebellion, Hatred, or in a word, Sin? Are you truly more than a conqueror through Christ?
We claim to desire holy ghost fire, yet we forget a very important property of fire. It consumes. First small, flammable objects. But it will grow. And to keep it growing, you need to feed the fire. Eventually all is engulfed, and not even stone can escape it.
What have you fed your fire?