During this Christmas time it’s easy to say, “let’s remember the true meaning of Christmas.” It’s also easy to say, “I’m going to eat three pounds of pork rinds.” But some things are easier said than done.
Yeah yeah Conrad, the “true meaning” of Christmas is the gift of Christ and not material things like smartphones, TVs and handguns.
But so what? We know that. Great. Now what? What we do with that?
Christians go around thinking they know the true meaning of Christmas, but spend the Christmas shopping period acting like everyone else. Thinking stuff like, “Man, these other shoppers are idiots, this traffic sucks, that cashier looks like he just ate three pounds of pork rinds.”
The true meaning of Christmas isn’t knowing that it’s about Christ… The true meaning of Christmas is living like Christ and for Christ.
When we go out Christmas shopping, are we in a loving mood? Do we bring joy to the cashier? Do we rejoice in long lines and parking lot chaos? When we get together with our families, are we the ones serving and cleaning up the mess with a smile on our face? Do we forgive our relatives for being jerks for the past three years?
It’s pointless to know that Christmas is about Christ if it doesn’t affect how we live. So as we understand what Christmas is about, let us allow it to change how we act. How we interact with other people, how we interact with our family and how we view life. Let us be Christ to others. And let us live life knowing about the amazing gift of salvation.
During this season, let’s not just remember what Christmas is about, let’s live it. Which means I now have to share my pork rinds.
James 1:22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
Take time to pray right now: Pray for help to live like Christ. Today’s Fruit of the Spirit to work on: Whatever fruit you need according to the situation as you are shopping (love, patience, self-control)