Sunday, December 11, 2011
Connecting with God at Christmas
Christmas is the perfect time to connect with God because its the moment God chose to connect with us. “She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means 'God is with us.’” Matthew 1:23b Let’s make the time to focus on God this season and follow the examples of the Bible characters in the original Christmas Story.
Listen & Obey - Mary found herself with an overwhelming calling. Joseph found himself with a difficult decision. Both listened and responded positively to God and His leading. (Luke 1:38; Matthew 1:24)
Worship & Give - The Wise Men also listened and followed the leading of God both through the star and an angel. Their journey of obedience ended with them worshipping and offering gifts to the newborn King. (Matthew 2:11)
Reach Out & Invite - Shepherds were considered the “least of these” in their culture. Because of their status in society they weren’t even allowed to give testimony in court. And yet, God chose them to be the first witnesses to the newborn Savior. (Luke 2:20)
Make time this Christmas to listen and obey, worship and give, and reach out and invite. You (and He) will be glad you did.