The end of the year is fast approaching and before we know it, Christmas will have come and gone.
I do enjoy celebrating the birth of Christ. However, I believe we should celebrate His birth year round. Jesus came for a reason and it was not so that we could give lots of presents and sing fun songs. (Nothing wrong with those traditions by the way.)
Jesus, loved us so much that He came to die! John 3:16 is not just a cool memory verse. It was the reason Jesus came into this world. He lived to die!
That is the reason I celebrate Christmas.
I enjoy the Christmas parties and presents, but I enjoy spending time in His Presence more.
The older I get, the more I realize how much time I waste on things external instead of things Eternal! I find the end of the year is a good time to reflect on whether I am loving the Lord with all my heart, soul, mind and strength and my neighbor as myself. (Luke 10:27) Am I spending time with the Lord, seeking His face with my whole heart?
I ask these questions because I want that relationship with Jesus Christ to grow, day by day, until my life on this earth is no more.
I want to finish well. This year, next year and for all the years to come! I want to know Him more.
His birth is only the beginning of the party. There is a greater one coming, one I look forward to more and more each day.
(The image above is attached to a neat Christmas devotion for families: http://www.southsidebiblechurch.net/Content/10300/235010.pdf)