PASTOR'S PEN: A Christmas lesson

Christmas is not my favorite holiday. OK, I admit it. I prefer Thanksgiving or Easter to Christmas. There’s a lot of hustle and bustle at Christmas time. There’s the rushing around from one event to another and then looking back and wondering if it was worth all that extra effort or if there could have been a simpler way to accomplish what is most important. But there are things I do like about Christmas time. Here’s a few of them:

Giving is also a reminder of what God did for us. He gave. He gave up the glories of heaven to come to earth. Philippians 2:7 says that "He made Himself nothing by taking on the very nature of a servant …" Christ also came "… to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28) And He did this as a gift providing a pathway back to our Creator God. (John 14:6, Romans 6:23)

Once we accept this gift, we are part of the family of God and we can look to Christ as an example to follow. (1 Peter 2:20-21) We are to do good and to serve just like Christ served; whether that means being kind to your Uncle Ned, spending quality time on the couch with your family, encouraging the kids in church or giving to the neighbor you barely know. Are you following Christ’s example?

This is a good time to begin giving. May this Christmas be one of giving and may it be the start of a tradition you and I make a part of our lives all year long. “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)