Sometimes a simple question can wake us from our slumber.
Especially during this season that has traditionally been a time of thinking about peace and good will toward men.
Would God say that I love the world more than him? As he sees the decisions I make for myself and for others that I am responsible for?
Do I love the world more than God?
What does that mean?
Is there anything that means more to me than spending time with Him?
Spending time in His Word and in prayer?
Is God the source of my greatest joy?
Am I testifying to God’s goodness and sharing about Him with others?
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Ephesians 4:17-20 (ESV) Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. 19 They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. 20 But that is not the way you learned Christ!
James 4:4-6 (MSG) You’re cheating on God. If all you want is your own way, flirting with the world every chance you get, you end up enemies of God and his way. And do you suppose God doesn’t care? The proverb has it that “he’s a fiercely jealous lover.” And what he gives in love is far better than anything else you’ll find. It’s common knowledge that “God goes against the willful proud; God gives grace to the willing humble.”
1 John 2:15-17 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
During this time of giving gifts, are we more concerned with those we love receiving some earthly gift or the eternal gift of Christ?
Are we speaking of Christ often with our children, eager to share the story of our Savior’s birth and emphasize that He truly is the reason for this season?
Do our lives reveal a peace and humble dependence on God, or are we fretting over worldly cares?
Oh Lord, as we sing these songs that we have sung in so many years past, as we hear them on the radio- wake us up once again to our glorious inheritance through your Son Jesus. May we hunger to share this glorious news, to boldly tell our family and friends how you have changed us. That you truly are the source of all joy and peace in our lives. We are lost without you. When crisis comes, you are the rock that we cling to. My heart aches for those who have no shelter in the storm, for they do not know the change your love brings. They have not tasted and seen that you are good. Maybe that’s because we are hiding our light under a bushel. This year, may we place our light once again upon a stand- so that everyone may see. So many songs whisper your Name. Long lay the world in sin and error pining- till you appeared and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices- for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn! Christ is the Lord! Oh praise your Name. You have done great things for us! Our God and King, help us not to miss opportunities to share from our heart- to let loose the love inside, our passionate desire for all hearts to turn to you. May you pierce through our habitual slumber Lord- and may our hearts be stirred and drawn closer to you. All glory to You, all honor and dominion is yours, now and forever. In Christ, your precious Son I pray, Amen.