This year, I am reading through Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth’s Advent Devotionals, titled, “Consider Jesus.” It is based on Hebrews 3:1-2
Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, who was faithful to him who appointed him. (Hebrews 3:1–2)
As we contemplate the Christmas season, our focus should be on Jesus, the Christ. My prayer, as I go through this Advent, is to take time to stop and ponder Jesus and to make sure my focus is on Him. I want to give Him the glory He is worthy of, not just during Advent, but every day of my life. As decorations are hung, lights are strung, wreathes placed on the doors and preparations for all the festivities, we must remember the true importance of the season, glorifying Christ. We often get carried away with all of the decorations and preparations and become stressed and overwhelmed with the season, even with the motivation of “Celebrating the Birth of Christ.”
This quote from the introduction to the Advent Devotional is a great reminder for us to be purposeful in our worship and focus on Jesus.
“Well, the truth is, our Christmas house can be filled with many things besides Christ, even beneath the banner of celebrating Him. That’s why if we’re not deliberate in giving Him our time and attention, our awareness of His presence can easily become artificial, even inconsequential.”
While we see nativities with the baby Jesus in the manger, we may think of the Bible story. We may even concentrate on the life, death, and resurrection of Christ during this time and the journey from the manger to the tomb. When Christmas is over, we can’t just put the manger away and go on with life. We must realize that Christ’s coming was not just something in the past, but that His Word, Scripture, is also about what Jesus is doing in our lives today. The Bible is as relevant today as it was when it was penned.
Heavenly Father, work in my heart to keep Christ at the forefront of my thoughts, and to help me remember He is real and ever present in my life, every minute of everyday. Amen