“The Simplicity of Christmas”

As we enter December and the Christmas season, we are bombarded by advertisers and media trying to convince us to spend money on things. It is evident that the message that is sent out in order to have Christmas is, we must buy more. Since October, stores and shopping malls have placed a high premium on purchasing “stuff” in order to celebrate Christmas. If we are not careful, we can become lost in the massive pull toward consumerism and miss the true message of Christmas.

In addition to this, Christmas is not about shopping, gifts, and holiday gatherings. While those are things we enjoy about Christmas, the real meaning behind Christmas is celebrating the birth of God’s Son and remembering the reason He came to this earth.

You see, Christmas is about simplicity. God chose to bring His Son into this world by very simple means. He could have brought Him to this world with great pomp and circumstance, but He chose to bring Him into this world another way. God has a way of using simple, ordinary means to accomplish mighty things. Jesus was not born in a palace, but in an ordinary manger; A feeding trough was his cradle. He was not born of royalty, but of humble, poor parents. It was in this simplicity that held the destiny of mankind.

It is in this simplicity that we must keep our priorities focused on eternal things. During this Christmas, let us focus on:

Praise & Worship
The shepherds came from the hills, leaving their flocks behind to worship Jesus. Later, the wise men brought gifts and worshiped. Christmas is about worshipping and loving Jesus. Those who have been touched by His love and grace will desire to worship Him. They won’t become so

that they miss worshipping Him. We praise and worship Him for who He is and all He has done for us.

Preaching & Living
Christmas is a reminder to the world about the coming of God’s Son to this world to redeem man from sin. When the shepherds saw the Christ child, they spread the word concerning what they were told about this child. Christmas gives us another opportunity to share the good news of God’s love. Not only must we share the message, but we must also live the life. Our lives are living epistles, read and known by all men.

Serving & Giving
The wise men brought gold, frankincense, and myrrh. These were gifts fit for a prophet, priest, and king. Most of us are aware of the matter of giving gifts at Christmas. This is the way most people have celebrated Christmas for centuries. When we think of gift giving, we think of giving gifts to family members, friends, and those who have touched our lives in some manner. However, we don’t normally think of giving gifts to the Lord. You might be wondering-”What is the greatest gift I could offer the Lord this Christmas?” The greatest gift you could give is yourself-through serving and giving. You see, the reason we give is because God first gave. The reason we serve is because Jesus came to serve. Of course, Jesus’ giving and serving far out-shadows anything we could do or give.

During this Christmas, let us keep our priorities centered on simplicity. Have a Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year!

Changing Lives for Eternity,

Pastor Terry & Tina Richardson

Senior Pastor