“I preach as if Christ died yesterday, rose again today, and is coming tomorrow.”–Martin Luther
Is it that fresh for you, when you speak of Him? We often say, when reunited with a close friend, that it seemed as if it were only yesterday that we were last together. That is the result of intimate communion. I suspect the more intimately we are acquainted with the Savior, the above will become ever more the norm.
As the depth of love grows, so does the expectancy and eagerness about being together again.
As the trust increases, so much the more do we believe Him when He says, “Behold, I come quickly.”
A gospel-worthy, insightful quote from Charles Dickens:
I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. ~Charles Dickens
*Taken from this hymn text.
This thought from Ben Franklin is, I think, especially apropos for this season of “holiday hooplah”:
“Never confuse motion with action.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
What exactly are you accomplishing with all that running around? We hit warp drive mid-month and arrive on the morning of the 25th, heaving a sigh of relief that we “got it all done.” Really? Have we perhaps forgotten something?
I rebel against a December calendar packed with happenings and to do lists. Call me a Grinch if you want, but I can’t stand all the “noise, noise, noise, noise!” This is the perfect season to “be still.”
Jesus died for sinners, cannot we live for them? Where is our tenderness? Where our love to Christ, if we seek not His honour in the salvation of men? O that the Lord would saturate us through and through with an undying zeal for the souls of men.~Spurgeon
Read a great discussion on this here. What does worshipful giving look like? Read a thoughtful sermon on this here.
At the foot of which tree is your focus this Christmas season? The evergreen, or our Savior’s cross?
“Any message which makes the Cross redundant is anti-Christian. The original sin, pride, is behind my “poor self-image,” for I felt that I deserved better than I got, which is exactly what Eve felt! So it was pride, not poor self-image, that had to go. If I’m so beautiful and lovable, what was Jesus doing up there, nailed to the cross and crowned with thorns? Why all that hideous suffering for the pure Son of God? Here’s why: There was no other way to deliver us from the hell of our own proud self-loving selves, no other way out of the bondage of self-pity and self-congratulation. How shall we take our stand beneath the cross of Jesus and continue to love the selves that put Him there? How can we survey the wondrous cross and at the same time feed our pride? No. It won’t work. Jesus put it simply: If you want to be My disciple, you must leave self behind, take up the cross, and follow Me.”~Elisabeth Elliot’s Keep a Quiet Heart
Had she not been thrust into the “limelight” through the death of her husband, Jim, we might not have had this privilege of gleaning from the wisdom of one whose heart beats in such cadence with the scriptures. Thank you God, for working all things together for good.