December 2018: Thought For The Month
Tis the season to be…busy (or is it?)
The days are getting shorter, the weather colder and the shops more crowded. It can only mean one thing….. Christmas is coming.
That time of the year when credit cards and people get hammered, our busy days get even busier and we all look forward to some quality time with the family, but amidst all the preparations, let’s not forget the real reason for the season.
Christmas is about the most amazing thing - ever. The coming of God to planet Earth as a flesh and bone baby. Now that is truly amazing, is it not? The Bible tells us that Jesus, yes that tiny baby we sometimes see on Christmas Cards laying in a manger, was none other than God Himself come to us. This is what it said about that event in John’s account of the day that hope came down ‘So God became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness.’ Now surely that is an event worth celebrating? Yet it’s easy to lose the wonder of it all in the trappings of Christmas, isn’t it?
Let me tell you a story to illustrate this. It’s straight out of the Bible and it happened one day when Jesus, now all grown up, went to visit some friends called Mary and Martha. This was a big deal as Jesus was now quite famous, so Martha heads straight to the kitchen to prepare a feast for their special guest, but Mary just sits at Jesus’ feet and enjoys His company.
After a while, however, Martha gets a little uptight about this and says to Jesus “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” But Jesus said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it.”
This Christmas, let’s try and not get caught up in all the side ‘details’, but instead focus on the ‘one thing worth being concerned about’ The wonder of God coming to earth to bring us hope. May you have a ‘Mary’ Christmas this year (rather than a ‘Martha’ one)!