There’s a popular question being asked in households all over the nation and even around the world at this time of year: “What do you want for Christmas?” Living in a house with a 5 and a 2 year old brings about a sense of excitement every time a commercial comes on advertising the new great toy that they just have to get. We hear words like, “I want that, Daddy,” or “I really like that,” with their gleeful smiles and hopeful pleas. I must admit that I do like hearing my kids get excited about what they want for Christmas.
But one thing that I’ve noticed about my household is that I haven’t been asked what I want for Christmas? So since I haven’t been asked, I will share it with you all. This is what I want for Christmas—for the Church worldwide to give the rest of the world a reason to say “Merry Christmas!”
You might be wondering what I mean by that sentiment. This is what’s going through my heart and mind. We can see all around us how our culture is moving away from a celebration of Christmas to a celebration of “The Holidays”. I know that many of you hate hearing “Happy Holidays” from the bank teller or checkout person. We often try to correct them with a “Merry Christmas” back at him, but to little or no avail.
Let me propose an alternative for getting upset at people. Instead of allowing your blood to boil, give them the reason for why we celebrate Christmas—the coming of our Savior! Isaiah 9:6 reminds us of the purpose of Jesus’ coming as it reads, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
My friends, without Jesus there is no reason to wish anyone a “Merry Christmas.” It is only through a relationship with Jesus that your Christmas can be merry.
Share Christ. Share His Hope. Share His Love. Share His Gospel. This is the greatest Christmas present anyone can give or receive.
Pastor Adam K. Sellen, Lead Pastor