Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Birthday, Jesus!

For someone's birthday, we usually spend some time deciding the best way to commemorate the occasion.  We may choose to acknowledge and celebrate the birthday by planning a party with a cake and balloons, sending a card or calling the birthday boy or girl.  We also typically buy a gift for the guest of honor that will satisfy one of their needs or wants.  In whatever way we choose to celebrate the day, our motive is to bring delight to the person who is having the birthday.

How can we apply these principles to Jesus' birthday?  What does Jesus want from us in celebration of His birth?  What would make Jesus happy?

Some of the things that Jesus wants from us is to:
  • Be our Savior (John 3:16-18).  He wants us to believe in Him and accept Him into our hearts so we can then live with Him for eternity. 
  • Love God with all of our hearts (Matthew 22:37-38)
  • Love our neighbors with a godly love (Matthew 22:39; John 15:12; 1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
  • Take up our cross and follow Him (Matthew 16:24)
  • Tell others about Him (Matthew 28:19-20)
  • Be His friend (John 15:14)
  • Spend time with Him through worship, prayer and Bible study;
  • Avoid sin (1 Thessolonians 5:22);
  • Live a godly life so that we make an impact on the world instead of having the world influence us (Matthew 5:13-16);
  • Be a living sacrifice by giving all we have (time, money, spiritual gifts) to serve God and others (Romans 12:1)
  • Give to others (Matthew 25:35-39)
  • Help the needy (Exodus 22:22-27)
  • Cooperate with the Holy Spirit that is working is us (1 Thessolonians 5:19)
  • Allow the Holy Spirit to control our minds, hearts and mouths (Romans 12:2; Psalm 141:3)
  • Have our words and deeds motivated by love.  If the source of our motivation is anything else, Jesus will not be pleased (Matthew 15:8-9)
  • Set our minds on things above and not on earthly things (Colossians 3:1-2)
  • Get rid of anger, malice, slander, filthy language, moral impurity, strife, jealousy and selfish ambition (Colossians 3:8; Galatians 5:19-21)
  • Clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness, love, joy, peace, goodness, gentleness, faith and self-control (Colossians 3:12-14; Galatians 5:22-23)
  • Not worry (Matthew 6:25-34)
  • Not criticize others (Matthew 7:1-5)
  • Work as working for the Lord (Colossians 3:23)
  • Give thanks always (1 Thess 5:18)
  • Obey God's commands which will demonstrate the depth and sincerity of our love for Him (John 14:15)
Jesus wants this from us every day not just on Christmas day, the day on the calendar that is set aside to celebrate His birth.  As Christians, we should celebrate our Savior's birth each and every day that He was willing to enter a sinful world in order to provide salvation for all.

So what are you giving Jesus this Christmas and every day thereafter?  What are you doing to celebrate His presence in your life?  If you are not celebrating Jesus every day, what changes do you need to make today?

1 comment:

  1. What a treasure chest of scripture and truths that we need to meditate upon daily. I can't believe no one commented on these older posts - your writing and the truths you share are such a blessing....I keep perusing your blog and finding more and more nuggets of gold in here....thank you!!

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