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Is Your Attitude Right This Christmas?

Philippians 2:5-7

5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.

RamonBlogIs your attitude right this Christmas? An attitude check is always appropriate.  As Christians our attitude is always to strive to reflect the attitude of Christ.

I have often used this phrase in ministry – Christianity boils down to attitude.  I have often added the following phrase – Christianity boils down to attitude – the position and condition of your heart.  Someone once gave me a hat and a desk marker with this phrase on it.  I use to say Christianity boils down to and the congregation would respond attitude.

As Christmas approaches I wanted to give us an attitude check.  I talked to someone the other day that made the mistake of going to the mall to Christmas shop.  In addition to that conversation I saw a friend post on Facebook the following – Next year – when I am stupid again — and think it is a good idea to go to the mall for Christmas shopping…. (He inserted his wife’s name here) please remind me that online shopping is the new rule — always.

Jesus is ReasonReaders – have any of us been caught up in the commercialism of Christmas?  Have the commercials on TV gotten us revved up to keep up with the folks down the street?  Have our children made their wish list known as they see more and more commercials?  I remember going through the Sears Christmas Catalog as a child marking the things I wanted for Christmas.

Christmas is NOT about how many things we can get or give.  Gifts are supposed to represent the Greatest Gift Ever GivenJesus Christ.  They are symbolic!  They are not the reason for the season!  Jesus is the reason for the season!

So – I hope this jolts us back to reality.  Christmas isn’t going to be ruined if they ran out of the gift you wanted to get or give.  Christmas is about our attitude – focused on Jesus – focused on His birth – focused on His love for us!  Love came down at Christmas time!  Check your attitude!  Is your attitude right this Christmas?

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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December 20, 2012 - Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Love it Pastor. On point. Wishing you a Merry Christmas.

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    Comment by Mary | December 20, 2012 | Reply


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