“That the communication of thy faith may become effectual
by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ.”
Christmas is a beautiful time of celebration. As Christians, it’s the time when we purposely celebrate our faith in Christ. With festive hearts, sparkling decorations and fun festivities, we gather and give gifts in remembrance of God’s greatest gift. How we communicate our faith in God’s Son, during this season, will have a greater effect on others than how creatively we celebrate this holiday. Although celebrations are optional experiences, they can be wonderful occasions to display what we believe while sharing God’s message with our family, friends and communities.
Nothing influences others more than word of mouth, and what we say matters. When people love and believe in someone or something, they get excited about telling others about that person or product. Our faith is worth celebrating too, and should bring that kind of contagious excitement. Our homes and lives should exemplify the joy of the season.
Isn’t it funny how many decorations promote the “Grinch” character? I see it everywhere. It’s so humorous to me because there seems to be a lot of “Grinches” running around during this time of year. But, why would anyone want to take the joy and fun out of Christmas? Has the purpose of this holiday been forgotten? Has it been made more complicated, chaotic and commercial than it was meant to be? Has celebrating become a needless hassle? Sadly, Christians can often take on “Grinch” personalities or “Bah Humbug” attitudes too, which doesn’t ring true to the faith we’re celebrating.
Enjoying the purpose of Christmas time and savoring the special “Curry and Ives” moments is an added joy to the gift God gave. When we embrace the celebration of faith, it can bring peace, tranquility, and unity to our hectic lives and those around us. Celebrating is the perfect way to wrap up another year. (Pun intended. Wink.)
Celebrating the Author & Finisher of Our Faith
Celebrating Jesus during the holidays communicates who our faith is in and what it is all about:
- the Baby in the manger (Luke 2:7)
- the Son about his father’s business (Luke 2:49)
- the Preacher sharing the gospel (Matthew 4:23)
- the Healer healing sickness and diseases (Matthew 4:23)
- the Teacher teaching His disciples (Matthew 5:1-2)
- the Savior of the whole World (1 John 4:14)
Everything Christ did was for His father and for us.
Celebrating the Faith That Gives Victory to Overcome
Our faith in Christ gives us victory to overcome the trials we face in this world. That is another gift worth celebrating.
“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world:
and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
Who is he that overcometh the world,
but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?” 1 John 5:4-5
As we put up our trees, set out our nativity scenes, sing carols, share dinners, attend Christmas services, give gifts and make memories with our loved ones, let’s remember why we’re celebrating. There has never been a greater gift or reason to celebrate than Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;
who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,
despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Bring It Home
How will you celebrate your faith this season?
Praying for you as we grow together,