I wrote this post a few years ago and thought I’d share it again now that the Christmas season is in full swing. I hope it inspires and encourages you amidst the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season.
Christmas is the time of year we celebrate Christ’s birth. In the coming weeks, there will be many nativity scenes depicting Christ in the manager. However, Christ is no longer in the manager. To confine Jesus to the crib does an injustice to His finished work. Christmas serves as a reminder of Christ’s second coming. His first coming was to redeem sinful man. But Christ’s second coming will be one of power and glory!
Acts 1:11 says, “This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” As believers, we’re living in between the times of Christ’s first and second coming. While Christmas is a time of celebration, we must be mindful to prepare and work in anticipation of Christ’s return.
The first step to prepare for Jesus’ return demands that you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Salvation restores you into a right relationship with God through the sacrificial death of His Son Jesus Christ. It also positions you to fulfill your God-given purpose. Your responsibility is to go after the very heart of God to discover and fulfill His purpose and plans for your life.
I admit at times even a glimpse of God’s purpose for my life tends to overwhelm me. Fear, inadequacy and insecurity are weapons the enemy uses to circumvent God’s plans. The Bible illustrates how God used flawed people like Abraham (coward), Jacob (cheat), Moses (murderer), Rahab (prostitute), and David (adulterer) to do extraordinary things. God can and wants to use you mightily for work in His Kingdom. Regardless of how you feel, what you think, or what you may be facing, it’s important to remain faithful to God’s call on your life. While many get caught up in decorations, shopping and gift-giving, Christmas serves as a reminder to draw closer to God to learn of His plans for your life.
Like the five wise virgins in Matthew 25:1-13, we must be ready for our Bridegroom’s imminent return. Therefore, redeem the time and commit to be a faithful steward over the gifts and calling God has bestowed upon you. Revelations 22:20 says, “He which testifieth these things saith, surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” Just as the promise of Christ’s first coming was fulfilled, rest assured… Jesus is coming back! Will you be prepared?
Until Next Time…Be Blessed!
Rev. Cynthia Jackson