for Sunday, December 16, 2007
At this time of year there is always controversy. It seems that some folks are "offended" when Christmas displays are religious in nature. Sometimes it seems that things thought of, as "Christian" symbols are found particularly offensive.
We should celebrate the birth of the King by honouring Him as king of our lives every day of every season. Do we exalt Him any less in July than in December?
His word tells us that it is honourable to spend time in contemplation of His holy word every day. This is how He told us to live. And, His word tell us that being His disciple involves daily service and sacrifice; "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.'"
Also, He tells us that everyday we ought to be reminding others of the Lord, and encouraging them to live faithfully; "But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called today,' so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin." (Hebrews 3:13). Jesus is just as much a reason for hope in the summer as He is in the winter. "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. The gospel is to be shared everyday from the first day we come to believe it until the present;
Do we need to be reminded of these things only once a year? It is great to have a Christmas season, but is joy and
peace and goodwill supposed to be seasonal? Do we need to be reminded of these things only once a year? Not if we already live them every day.
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