Finishing Well

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)


Stojan and Terry said...

well said! reminds me of a kid's song we used to sing 'every day's a Sunday when God is in your life'
but remember that old feeling of never quite measuring up is done now in light of ephesians 3:3 'we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ' we were born (again) rich! this is the fun part of being a child of God is discovering those blessings daily! I feel sad for those that do not know the Father's love in their lives. We must tell them!

RDA said...

Thank you Stojan and Terry. I have never heard that song.

I agree we must tell them.

R.Bell said...

Enjoy your time with Jesus, thanks for your encouragement.

But, I think there are some serious problems with some of the traditions we hold so dear, it plays into the things of this culture(worldly), which are corrupt and take away from the message of Christ

"For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth" - Jesus of Nazareth - See John 18

RDA said...

Well we have, as a people, gotten our eyes further away from Jesus, not just during the holidays but year round. Consumerism has become our idol.