Sunday, January 3, 2010
Imagine if there had been a photographer at the birth of Christ. How different might our view of his birth be? The pictures above depict our common view of Christ's birth. We want it to be pretty and clean. We want our Savior to have a beautiful welcoming into this world. The truth is, it was an ugly, smelly, dirty, crowded stable. Jesus was placed in a manger; something that animals had eaten out of. All of this because there was no room for him at the inn. No one was willing to give up their nice, warm, clean, comfortable room so that the Savior of the World, the King of the Universe, God's Son, could be born in a proper place. Are you willing to give up your nice and comfortable life so that God's Son can make you new? Are you willing to give up your easy, warm lifestyle so that God can use you to do what you were meant to do? It is not promised in the Bible that when you follow God, it will be easy, warm, comfortable. The Bible says quite the opposite: "In the world you will have tribulation..." (John 16:33). But God sent his Son anyway, into the stable full of filthy, smelly animals. A place no one in America today could imagine being born. And He came for us, He came for YOU. So that you can be free. Because the second part of John 16:33 says: "But take heart; I have overcome the world."
I want to focus more on Jesus in 2010, and for the rest of my life. I want to give the only sacrifice that I have, my life, so that He can use me. I want to be less caught up in what I want, what I think is important, and what I think will be good for my life. My prayer this year is simple: "Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways." Psalm 119:37