by: Rich Vaughan
As most of you know, one of my favorite Christian writers over the years has been Max Lucado. One of his devotional books is called “Grace for the Moment” and I enjoy rereading it every year.
A couple of weeks ago I read one of those devotions that focused on the word, “Diligently”. Lucado goes on to say that as Christians we should be diligent in our search for a relationship with the Lord. He writes, “Step away from the puny pursuits of possessions and positions and seek your King”. What a great word for Advent/Christmas! What a great call for us to look past the tinsel and the material to see the heart and soul of the Christmas story! In that same devotional Lucado writes, “Don’t be satisfied with angels. Don’t be content with stars in the sky. Seek Him out as the shepherds did. Long for him as Simeon did. Worship him as the wise men did. Do as John and Andrew did: ask for his address. Do as Matthew: invite Jesus into your house. Imitate Zacchaeus. Risk whatever it takes to see Christ.”
This is the key for finding the real Bethlehem. This is the way to walk the Bethlehem road. This is how we get to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with our souls ready to celebrate Jesus’ birth. You know this really is a good year to experience a Jesus Christmas. God is even setting the scene for us! The planets Saturn and Jupiter are aligning so close on December 21st that they will appear to be one. This conjuncture is nicknamed the “Christmas Star” and the last time in happened was 800 years ago (1623)! I wonder with the way the year 2020 has gone, if God is not reminding us of where our hope and faith should really be!
So, the question for us this 10th day of December is, are we searching and seeking Jesus as we rush toward Christmas? Are we listening to religious Christmas music along with the wonderful secular songs of Christmas? Are we taking a moment for Advent/Christmas devotions? Are we reading Matthew and Luke chapter 2 (in each Gospel) to find in each day a special note from God about Christmas? Will you be looking and pondering the “Christmas Star” when it appears on December 21st?
If you want to discover the real power, wonder and hope of a Jesus Christmas you have to do these things. You know, 2020 may not have been a perfect year but it has become a perfect year to truly find the Christmas message that God has given to the world if we are willing to be diligent and seek and see what God has set before us! And in that is my joy, hope, and wonder as we draw closer to the wonder of Christmas Day. Amen & amen.