“ Christmas belongs to us,
the believers of Christ,
it doesn’t belong to the world.
Christ needs to be elevated in our hearts year around.
He didn’t come to be marketed as a seasonal gift
on sale for half price.
We were the ones that were bought at price. ”
Teaching our children the true meaning of Christmas can be tricky with all of the focus on gift-giving and receiving this time of year. And, of course, children do not understand when we try to explain it to them, because they are . . . . children . . . . and children will always be attracted to pretty, shiny objects. Especially if those pretty, shiny objects appeal to their innate sense of self-centered joy in getting more and more “stuff.” But, even though it can be a bit difficult to help our children understand the dangers of all of that materialistic fascination that our society at Christmas, we need to do our best.
Beyond the reality of the true meaning of Christmas, we need also to teach our children that having a laser-beam focus on acquiring more toys than the next guy leads to a life of emptiness and disappointment. And that emptiness can only be filled with the gift of God’s grace and salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ.
If we really want our children to experience the joy and blessings of being alive, we will do them a great service to teach that lesson early. Look around. People who have lots of stuff, those who can go shopping at the mall and buy anything and everything they think they want, those who live in big, gorgeous houses and drive expensive, beautiful cars may or may not be happy.
In fact, it is common knowledge that the more stuff we have the more anxiety it produces, because we are constantly worried about it getting broken, stolen, or lost.
But the gift of God is eternal life, and that is truly a gift of matchless perfection! It is not for sale, even at “full price,” when everything else is lying discarded on the discount table or tossed into a corner of the closet when we get bored with it. The price has already been paid, and it was truly at great cost that this gift was made available to each one of us. When we reach out and accept that precious gift of salvation, then we truly will experience the reality of Christmas.
Christ in us; God revealing Himself through the Person of His Only Son the Lord Jesus Christ, at just the right time He came into this world as a tiny baby. His life, His death, His resurrection give us all that we need in this life. No scoffer can discredit what He has done in my life, and you do not need to earn this gift of eternal life. It is yours. He paid dearly for it, and offers it to you as a free gift, from His heart to yours.
Won’t you accept that gift this Christmas season so you can know the joy and peace that only He can bring to your heart? Let us all celebrate His birth together and thank God for this amazing gift of His love.
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