So, what do you want for Christmas? The annual question. I hear lots of different answers – most of the grown-up responses begin with ‘All I want (fill in the blank)’. Then wrapped in shiny paper or draped with a big bow, voila. No sooner do we get what we asked for and we’re once again unsatisfied.
“If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you want and it will be done for you.” (John 15:7 CSB)
Hmm, anything?! Here’s the deal – did you read the whole verse and what comes before and after? God isn’t a genie and Jesus isn’t a fairy god mother.
No verse has been taken out of context more than this one. Before and after this verse here is what we are being taught: (my synopsis) as followers of Jesus Christ, in order to show outwardly who we are and Who we follow, we must stay very close to Him. Learn more and more to become like Him. Realize that we are powerless on our own. Bring glory to the Father.
And as we grow and mature in Him, we will know the things we should ask for. The things we ask will bring Him glory. The Holy Spirit will speak to God on our behalf – and yes, all our true desires, that are according to His will, will be granted. “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” (1John 5:14 NIV)
This is the Good News! Because of Jesus, we have direct access to God, 24/7. Before Messiah: sacrifices and priests and laws. Now Emmanuel, God with us: He hears us. No religion – no traditions – no rituals.
This is the merry in our Christmas. We are not alone, this hard world will not always be, and we who call on the only Name that can save will forever have what our souls long for. People must know and we must tell. God is not silent, and He doesn’t want us to be.
So, what do you want for Christmas? Let’s fill in the blank with: more Jesus – in us and in the world.
“I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that
all who put their trust in Me will no longer remain in the dark.”
(John 12:46 NLT)
PLaY CReaTivEly WitH YoUr LiTtLe OnE
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