Letdown. It's over; a lot of work for just one day. Christmas is excitement leading to exhaustion.
- It is possible for Christians to have a Christmas spirit that lasts all year long.
For Christmas all year long
- Think about Jesus all year.
- Have daily gift exchanges.
God's kingdom will not fade; no disappointment. Christ's government will last forever.
We long for peace. In Christ resides all authority and power forever.
Consider 1) the kingdom that is, and 2) the kingdom that is to come.
The first should be alive and well in our hearts and souls. "In my heart there rings a melody!" The kingdom is in us. Live selflessly. In the second, we shall reign with Christ!
To make Christmas last. (Matthew 2, the account of the wise men bearing gifts, worshipping the Christ child.)
A) Christ is the center of our worship not just at Christmas, but all the time. The worship of the magi was not about the season, but about the Person of Christ.
Christ needs to be center-stage in all the decisions of our lives. Our entire lives are to revolve around who He is!
B) Gift exchanges every day. By using our gifts, talents, we give them back to God.
- It is easy to talk about, a battle to live.
Despite challenges, our focus remains on Christ.
Start putting God first every day.
Pastor Johnnie Blair