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Our Attitude at Christmas Time

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.

112015 Ray McDonaldIs our attitude right as Christmas approaches this year? An attitude check is always appropriate – IMHO.  As Christians our attitude is always to strive to reflect the attitude of Christ – the mind of Christ.  WWJD is always a good question for us to help us examine our attitudes.

One of my favorite saying is this phrase – Christianity boils down to attitude.  I have often added the following phrase to this saying – Christianity boils down to attitude – the position and condition of our heart.  Someone once gave me a hat and a desk marker with this phrase on it. At one of the churches I have served I would say Christianity boils down to and the congregation would respond by saying attitude.

As Christmas approaches I wanted to give us an attitude check.  I talked to someone during a Christmas past – the day they 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 – on that same day – 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.  I have done most of my Christmas shopping – even most of my shopping – online this year.

Jesus is the reasonReaders – have any of us been caught up in the commercialism of Christmas?  I mentioned this Sunday in the worship service. 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 and marking the things I wanted for Christmas.  I was taught at a young age to let the commercial side of Christmas enter in and it has taken some time (maybe still not completely) to focus more on the real reason for the season and for every day!

Christmas is NOT about how many things we can get or give.  Gifts are supposed to represent the Greatest Gift Ever Given – Jesus Christ.  They are symbolic!  They are not the reason for the season!  Jesus is the reason for the season!  He’s the reason for every day of our life.

So – I hope this jolts us back to reality.  Christmas isn’t going to be ruined if they run out of the gift we 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!  Let’s check our attitudes!  Is our 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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November 30, 2015 - Posted by | Advent Thought, Build, Christmas, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , ,

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